Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputies executed a search warrant on a residence in Warm Spings discovering dozens of dogs and other animals in what is being described as various states of abuse according to reports.

The owner who has not been named at this point due to the ongoing investigation is said to have been previously convicted in 2013 on Animal Cruelty charges and had been selling the animals on the internet and in person. Deputies found the animals in appalling conditions on the property most without food or water. Randolph County Humane Society an other agencies assisted the Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputies in the rescue of the animals. Many animals were found outdoors suffering and required immediate care, those indoor were found to be living in feces and were matted unable to move.


Dale Bartlett, policy manager for The HSUS puppy mills campaign said: “These animals were forced to live in freezing temperatures – some dogs literally had icicles hanging off of them. And sadly this is typical for commercial dog breeding facilities in Arkansas since the state does not have any laws to protect dogs in puppy mills. We’re thankful to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and the Randolph County Humane Society for taking action and letting us help rescue these animals.”
In addition, rescuers discovered 3 cats and 8 chickens on the property.
Randolph County Sheriff Gary Tribble, said, “It’s frustrating to see these animals living without basic care – especially during these freezing temperatures. We’re grateful to The Humane Society of the United States and the other groups here today for rescuing these animals.”
Arkansas is one of the most problematic puppy mill states in the country and currently there is no law to protect these dogs forced to live in these facilities. Law enforcement officers, therefore, are unable to prevent neglect until it reaches crisis proportions. Legislation by Rep. Sorvillo is slated to be introduced that would require any breeder with 10 or more dogs to be licensed and inspected by their county.
The HSUS Animal Rescue Team has removed all of the animals from the property pending the final disposition of this case. The animals will be thoroughly examined by a team of veterinarians, and will receive any immediate medical treatment at the Humane Society of Saline County. PetSmart Charities is providing the necessary food, supplies and enrichment items for the dogs.