Dozens of Dogs Found in Suspected Puppy Mill

February 4, 2013 Updated Feb 5, 2013 at 12:43 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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February 4, 2013 Updated Feb 5, 2013 at 12:43 PM EDT

Lockport, NY (WKBW) - At least one person faces charges after dozens of dogs had to be rescued from a suspected puppy mill in the Town of Lockport.

64 Pomeranian dogs were taken from the home -- leaving the Niagara County SPCA asking for the public's help to take care of the dogs.

Those Pomeranians range from two weeks to nine years old. None of them have been spayed or neutered. They all need to be vaccinated.

Many of the dogs were trembling with fear, after being taken from the house on Royal Parkway South.

Amy Lewis, with the SPCA of Niagara, says they were living in "small pens, we're looking probably about four by four, some were larger six foot pens -- but all covered with a couple of days worth of feces."

Five to six pups shared a crate.

The puppy mill was discovered Saturday by authorities looking into a complaint involving a minor.

Barry Kobrin, the Town of Lockport Dog Control Officer, says investigators "called me because of the dog, because of the odor. They couldn't stand talking to the people in the house."

That house is now condemned.

The dogs are now at the SPCA of Niagara. After volunteers removed from the dogs from the house, veterinarians spent the day evaluating them.

Most dogs are doing okay, however some have untreated injuries.

Lewis says, "We've got a dog with a broken jaw, some matting going on. We're just getting a good idea of what they're going to need in the next coming days."

Elly Magrum has been charged with harboring unlicensed dogs and a noise ordinance violation.

A court date is set for Tuesday evening. She could still face animal cruelty and child endangerment charges. Two teens were living in that house.

The business, which raked in hundreds of dollars per puppy, could end up costing Magrum and anyone else involved a hefty price.

Kobrin says "there can be a fine on every animal," although he is unsure how much that fine would be.

Authorities have been to the Lockport home before for noise complaints -- possibly related to barking dogs.

Now these pups have a brighter future. Despite their living conditions, the dogs could be up for adoption as soon as Wednesday.

To make a donation, you can call 716-731-4368 or write a check to:
Niagara County SPCA
PO Box 686
North Tonawanda, NY 14120

You can also visit the organization's website at http://www.niagaraspca.org/.