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7 dead dogs, 106 cruelly treated dogs seized in ETX puppy mill raid

7 dead dogs, 106 cruelly treated dogs seized in ETX puppy mill raid

POSTED: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 2:07pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 11:27am

Seven dogs have been found dead and another 106 cruelly treated dogs were seized by the SPCA near Athens.

On Monday, at 9:00 a.m., authorities found 83 dogs and 22 puppies at a suspected Henderson County puppy mill, located at 2353 Rose Pointe.

According to the SPCA, the animals were cruelly confined, not receiving sufficient care and were forced to live in their own filth inside a feces-filled, urine-soaked home on the property. Most of the dogs were allegedly suffering from eye discharge, flea infestation, long nails, severely matted fur and skin conditions. About 60 of the dogs were confined to crates, and some crates included up to seven dogs.

Sheriff's officials began investigating the house back in October of 2011. Once law enforcement discovered the poor conditions of the animals, they contacted the SPCA for support.

The stench of ammonia was so intense that detectives wore personal protective equipment, including breathing apparatuses while inside the home. The SPCA of Texas measured the ammonia level in the residence to be 67 parts per million (ppm). As a point of reference, short term exposure to any ammonia level over 20 ppm or long term exposure to any level over 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.

The dogs have been taken to the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, where they will be cared for until a custody hearing on Friday, December 21, at 10:30 a.m in Poynor.

Deborah Eckeberger, 59, has been arrested on cruelty to animals. She has been released on $15,000 bond.

Puppy mill owners breed dogs for the purpose of selling the puppies for a profit, and the living conditions of the dogs comes a distant second. If you suspect you've found a puppy mill, the SPCA of Texas encourages you to report inhumane conditions and animal neglect to your local law enforcement agency and to the SPCA of Texas at

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I have a dear corgi dog named "Merry" who apparently got started off in life under adverse conditions
She had been purchased by her former owners for breeding purposes but was not working out. . Merry had a terrible attitude towards people but finally she came around with my loving care. Now she and I are best friends. I tell her that she is my best dog even though she is my only dog!! She seems very happy!!!

OMG, how I hate people like that B.... They need to confine her in a cage and let her sit and laid down on her own waste. Animals are living creatures , the feel pain, sadness, love, please STOP buying dogs period. There are thousands that need a good home and rescued pets are so grateful that will give you unconditional love forever, I have three, and I love them.

The ONLY way puppy mills will be a thing of the past is if 'we' as educated animal welfare adovcates pass on our knowledge to prospective pet owners the 'CRUEL, HARD FACTS' of where whose cute little puppies in flea markets, pet stores and over the internet come from. SALUTE to the Humane Society of Flower Mound, THLN and others for forgetting the 'politically correct' thing and posting unaltered footage of puppy mills victims recently. We MUST get in puppy millers pockets to eliminate them!!!!!

What the heck do you need to know to recognize animal cruelty???????????? This is a ridiculous excuse!!!

East Texas also has a distinct shortage of law enforcement and district attorneys willing to take animal cruelty seriously, and puppy mills in particular. Make no mistake; the laws are there but are not being enforced. You have only to walk through Canton's First Monday Trade days to find people just like this woman selling puppies. Until east Texans demand enforcement by their sheriffs and DA's, these situations will continue to exist.

True, here in Fort Worth Texas , a place called Traders Village, they have the worst animal sell, all sorts of living innocent creatures, the worst area is where they sell puppies, all thrown in a pen, different breeds and sizes, some look very sick, I have reported this and obviously nothing has been done. Makes me sick.

I'm proud to say that we will be supporting the efforts of the SPCA of East Texas with the proceeds from our 32nd Rose City Chili Cookoff on March 2 at Gander Mountain.

WHy in the world did it take from October 2011 until December 2012 to fix this? I hope that is a typo.

its not a typo at all, its our lack of investigative skills in Henderson county.... we have needed help in this area for years, and all their qualification skills are not in animals at all. even though they have animal control certification they know nothing about cruelty...

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