Dozens of canines were seized from a Muncie lab rescue Thursday, after the Muncie Animal Shelter received an anonymous tip about neglect and deplorable conditions.
Some of the 63 dogs rescued from the Adopt-A-Lab on South Walnut Street had injuries, while others were sick.
Animal shelter workers said when they arrived at Adopt-A-Lab, there was an overwhelming smell of urine and feces. Inside, they found dozens of dogs living in poor conditions.
"The cages were unfortunately not clean. The kennels were very small." said Nikki Kirby, another shelter volunteer. "It might've started out with all the best of intentions, but it's gone downhill."
What's worse, the shelter believes the lab rescue bought many of the puppies from puppy mills in order to re-sell them.
"Most rescues that you work with are legit, they are what they seem, but there are every once in a while a few that unfortunately get in over their heads or are in it for profit, not to help animals," said Kirby.
The shelter is working with local health officials to shut the lab rescue down.
If you are interested in helping the rescued dogs, the shelter urges you to adopt an animal that has already been at the shelter. That will allow the shelter to make room to treat the rescued canines.
Kirby said it would take weeks before the rescued animals will be ready for adoption.
Officials seize 63 dogs after learning about 'deplorable' conditions