NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Cherokee County dog breeder has voluntarily surrendered close to 30 dogs after authorities suspected a puppy mill operation.
Monday night, a Nacogdoches group called, "Nac Fosters" got involved.
Nac Fosters member Kelly Floyd has a fondness for giving neglected dogs in East Texas a chance to know what it's like to be loved.
"We get animals from other counties when we've had hoarder situations, back yard breeder situations, puppy mill situations," Floyd said.
Floyd now has her hands full with a Chihuahua breeding pair. They're two of 28 suspected puppy mill dogs voluntarily surrendered by a Cherokee County breeder. Last night Nac Fosters picked them up from a Jacksonville shelter needing help with so many medically needy dogs.
"Many of them were so matted that we will have to sedate them," Floyd said. "Put them under in order to completely shave them. We cannot cut off these mats. We also have many with tumors, eye conditions, missing teeth, deformities, neurological conditions, so they're not in good shape and they were all being bred."
Nac Fosters intends to get the pooches well with the hopes of finding them a permanent home.
"Once they have been vetted and cleaned up and taken care of they will be up for adoption through our Nacogdoches Animal Shelter," Floyd said.
The dogs will do better in foster care where socialization and individualized care can be provided. Foster volunteers are badly needed.
"We need people to step up and say, 'Hey, I can foster for you guys for a few days,'" said Nac Foster member Laura McKinney. "That's really what we need right now, so we can get more room and get more of these animals out of this situation."
Floyd and McKinney have adopted former foster dogs. They agree love and patience makes the hard to adopt animals great pets.
Southside Veterinary Clinic is providing medical care for the dogs at a reduced cost. Nac Fosters asks for donations to help with those expenses.
As far as the animal breeder, she was allowed to keep some of her dogs and continue the business. Nac Foster members say state authorities are monitoring the situation.