NORTH ADAMS, N.Y. - Dozens of Labrador retrievers that were rescued in North Adams now have new homes.
North Adams Police responded to a home on South State Street for complaints of barking dogs on Wednesday, and found a total of 31 puppies and dogs living in unsanitary conditions, covered in fleas and feces.
According to police, the owners were running an unlicensed breeding operation and did not have adequate food or water for the Labs, many of which were crammed together in kennels. Now, their owners could be facing felony charges this week.
"As it looks right now, we are going to bring numerous charges of animal cruelty violations and also failing to license these animals and failing to provide proper vaccinations for these animals," said Michael Cozzaglio, Police Director of the North Adams Police Department. The suspects' names have not been released.
"Our investigation is leading to online information that these puppies were for sale. There were also posted fliers locally and that there was no documentation of anything like that. There was no kenneling license," he said.
Twenty-nine of the dogs have already been adopted, but two Labs are pregnant, so their puppies and the moms will need to find homes.
Find out more about how you can adopt the available dogs here.