Police Rescue 1,000 Dogs From Kennel in W. Va.

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 26, 2008 5:51 PM CDT
In this handout photo provided by Best Friends Animal Society, puppies are shown at the Whispering Oaks Kennels in Parkersburg, W.Va., on Aug. 23, 2008.    ((AP Photo/Best Friends Animal Society))
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(Newser) – The longtime owner of a West Virginia kennel has surrendered her approximately 1,000 dogs to humane officials amid allegations that the animals were never let out of their cages and were rarely, if ever, touched by a human being. Authorities raided the facility over the weekend. To avoid arrest, the owner has agreed never to operate a kennel again.

Rescuers said the dogs, mostly purebred dachshunds, stumble when they try to walk on grass, tile, or carpet. "I equate this to living in one room of my house for all of my life and somebody just dropping groceries by once a week, not a lot of stimulation," said a Humane Society official. "This is not what dogs were put on this planet for."