A Thailand-based non-profit organization dedicated to uplifting animal rights has saved 50 Thai Ridgeback dogs from a puppy mill in Chiang Mai province.
Watchdog Thailand, the organization that coordinated the operation, captured the dogs from an American national running the dog mill.
A puppy mill is a dog breeding facility dedicated to quick breeding of canines.
According to the report, most of the dogs found on the establishment lived in reprehensible conditions, with many of the puppies dying from illnesses and starvation.
The mill owner defended his actions, stating that his dogs are not being bred for commercial purposes, but instead kept as pets.
However, animal lovers had given information claiming that the man has a history of animal cruelty. They also claimed that he had been selling dogs at a high price despite not having a proper license.
Representatives from Watchdog rushed to Sarapee Police Station, filing charges related to animal cruelty against the 73-year old American.
The puppy mill owner had previously contacted the animal rights organization, requesting assistance as he could no longer sustain the operations due to his age.
The representatives then went to visit and discovered the awful conditions in which the dogs were kept. They then proceeded to rescue the dogs from the mill.
The canines found on the site were transferred to the Save Elephant Foundation located in Mae Rim.
The retired American national has filed counter-charges claiming that the dogs were stolen from his premises.