Sheriff's Office seizes 57 dogs
A total of 57 dogs were seized and the owner of a dog-breeding business, Cora Gooding, 49, of Madras, was arrested and cited June 29, for animal neglect.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, deputies executed a search warrant at Waggin on Wiggle Butt Aussies on Northeast Loucks Road, about 5 miles east of Madras, around 9:10 a.m. June 29.
The business breeds and sells Australian shepherd dogs, specializing in miniature, teacup and toy Aussies, with prices ranging from $2,000 to $15,000, according to its website.
The dogs were seized due to "unsatisfactory living conditions," which reportedly included a lack of water and food in some cases, and filthy, substandard shelter.
Gooding was issued a criminal citation for second-degree animal neglect and for standards of care applicable to dog breeders.
The dogs were checked by a local veterinarian, and Three Rivers Humane Society transported them to the kennel on 1694 SE McTaggart Road, where they are being cared for, as the court case is pending.
The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office assisted the Sheriff's Office in the investigation.
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