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A residence in Ragley, targeted by animal rescue groups, is now apparently advertising a "going out of business sale."

At last word, 26 dogs had been voluntarily surrendered to rescuers by the owners. Sheriff's officials indicated the people were just dog lovers who became overwhelmed. Yet, there's an ad in Thrifty Nickel about a going out of business sale.

Laura Lanza is with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

"Sadly, it seems like they're still trying to make money on what they see as a crop of animals. It's a money-making proposition. From what we observed, it is basically what we highlight nationwide as a backyard puppy mill," said Lanza.

Beauregard Sheriff Ricky Moses said his department may not have had all the facts at first. He said they "will continue to monitor the situation but based on the vet's evaluations we do not believe there is an immediate need to seize the dogs."

The Sheriff released the following report though he did not reveal the name of the vet he said examined the dogs:

 August 13, 2013

 To Whom It May Concern,

On Friday, August 9th 2013, I was asked by the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office to examine dogs owned by Ms. Cathy Greene located at 591 Gimnick Rd in Ragley, LA 70657.

I visually inspected the premises as well as over 50 dogs housed on the property. Following current Parish ordinances the dogs were provided with shelter, food, and clean drinking water.
Most all of the dogs observed appeared happy and very social with people.

Physical examination of approximately 20 randomly selected dogs was performed. All dogs were observed to be bright, alert and responsive. All body condition scores were between three to four out of a possible nine. No fleas or evidence of fleas were found. Most all hair coats were wet with urine and the fur was severely matted. No laboratory testing for ear mites or intestinal parasites was performed.

My professional advice to Ms. Greene was to significantly decrease the number of dogs she currently
owns by finding homes for these very adoptable dogs thus allowing them to have more attention and individualized care.

Immediate recommendation for placement of absorbent disposable material such as newspaper or towels in the bottom of the dog containments was recommended to help control urine saturation of
coats.

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