UPDATE: More than 100 animals seized from McLennan County home

POSTED: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 3:04pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:55am

WACO -- It's one of the largest puppy mill raids in McLennan County history.

Seventy-eight  dogs and at least 30 goats were rescued after the county received a complaint about the animals in Riesel.

But deputies found more than just animals.

"The deputies estimated that they observed probably around 27 skeletal remains of what was probably dogs and goats at the scene. I also observed myself, a couple different burn piles that, there were bones and things of that nature that were left," Chief Deputy Randy Plemons said.

The dogs were over bred and left in cages without food or clean water.

Now the dogs are being vaccinated and treated for disease at the Humane Society of Central Texas, increasing their occupancy by 20 percent.

"Seventy-eight animals is a huge strain on our staff, our labor, all of that situation comes into play," Humane Society of Central Texas Director and spokeswoman, Gina Ford said.  

The sheriffs office believes they know where the owner, Harold Plagens, was selling the dogs. But they are still investigating and no charges have been filed. But if Plagens' ownership is revoked on his April 9th court date, the dogs may be put up for adoption.

For now, the Humane Society needs your help.

"We need food donations and we need people to temporarily foster the animals we already have," Ford said.  

Centex Humane Society in Killeen is also taking in dogs and donating food to Waco.

But the Humane Society says the only way to stop puppy mills:

"Don't buy an animal, adopt one. If the market is not there, they're not going to keep breeding if they can't make money," Ford said.

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