Puppy Mill Raided on Southwest Side

Cops find 50 to 70 puppies in "deplorable conditions"

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    Many of the dozens of puppies discovered were being kept in bird cages, many living in their own waste.

    Dozens of puppies living in bird cages were rescued Tuesday morning when law enforcement officials raided a Southwest Side home.

    Cook County Sheriff's police, Chicago police and U.S. Department of Agriculture agents conducted a raid at a private residence and found deplorable conditions and between 50 and 70 puppies crammed into cages with no food or water.

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    Most of the dogs were being kept in birdcages, and many were standing in their own feces, with the feces of dogs in other cages falling on them, Cook County Sheriff's office spokesman Steve Patterson said.

    "It appears the owner was also conducting her own veterinary clinic," since syringes were found throughout the house, Patterson said.

    Two people -- David Hayes, 37; and Demetria Newell, 38 -- were arrested at the scene.  Hayes was charged with felony drug possession after 1 pound of marijuana was found at the scene, police said.  Newell faces 67 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

    Police also found a handgun and $3,000 in cash.

    Officers at the scene were going through the garbage, because they had been told that when puppies died, the woman simply tossed their bodies into the trash.

    Adoption Information:

    Animal Welfare League
    10305 Southwest Hwy.
    Chicago Ridge, IL

    Anti-Cruelty Society

    Hinsdale Humane Society
    22 N Elm St
    Hinsdale, IL 60521

    Round Lake, IL.

    PAWS Chicago
    (Animals may not be available for 1 week)

    31664 N Fairfield Rd.
    Grayslake, IL