workers in Nashua, Iowa, along with a veterinarian and local law enforcement, seized 12 dogs from a property that has been in previous trouble with the law for animal cruelty, WCFCourier.com
Authorities had obtained a search warrant for the property, with this being the second time in the last four years officials removed animals from the facility. The previous incident resulted in 30 dogs being removed from the custody of Lewis Goings-Boucher.
Animal rescue workers and officials determined that the living conditions of the pooches was severe enough to remove them and get them proper care and treatment.
Carmen Conklin is the director of a local animal shelter, and is familiar with Going-Boucher's property and history of animal abuse. She told the news source that he was operating something similar to a puppy mill.
Officials acted on an anonymous tip from a concerned neighbor about the treatment of the dogs, prompting them to take action once again. The rescued dogs are now being cared for the by the Chickasaw Country Sheriff's Office.
The Humane Society reports that six to eight million animals are cared for by rescue shelters every year in the United States.