MCDONALD, Tenn. (WDEF) - Now that more than 200 dogs have been seized at puppy mill, neighbors who wished not to be identified say they complained a long time ago about the dogs.
The complaints were sent to animal control and those who filed those called to complain say nothing was ever done to hold the puppy mill owner accountable.
WDEF spoke to animal control director Gene Smith who acknowledges his department receiving complaints about the property on the 1400 block of Candies Creek Road.
"At that time she had 20 dogs and they were up to date on the rabies shots that state law requires and she was in compliance with that and there was no other violation at that time," Smith said.
But now she's accused of running an unhealthy puppy mill that housed more than 240 dogs. She even advertised it online but since the dogs were seized, the website was taken down.
The owner of the puppy mill refuses to talk to reporters and the SPCA of Bradley County has not been able to provide any additional information.
To add insult to injury, a five year-old law that tightly regulates puppy mills expires this month because the Tennessee Senate rejected extending the legislation.
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