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Seized dogs traveling to Houston for treatment

Posted August 8, 2008
Updated August 9, 2008

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— The dogs seized from an Elm City dog breeder after he was charged counts of animal cruelty are being transported to Houston, Texas for more treatment for a skin disease.

The seven Shih-Tzu dogs were bald, infected and diseased when they were seized by police. Officials said they could barely recognize the breed of each dog due to its condition. Originally eight dogs were found, but one passed away.

Several national Shih-Tzu rescue groups have volunteered to help with the dogs, who range from 2 to 4 years old.

Lester Farmer, 54, of 6612 Bridgersville Road, was charged July 29 with seven counts of animal cruelty in connection with the case.

Wilson County Animal Enforcement officers seized the dogs and transported them to For the Love of Dogs, a non-profit shelter and clinic, at 5146 Quaker Road in Wilson.

All of the dogs had severe mange, likely caused by months of neglect in a poor environment, according to veterinarians.

Workers caring for the seized Shih-Tzus believe more aggressive enforcement of animal cruelty saved their lives. The dogs will take months to fully recover.

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