The search is on for the person who dumped dozens of dogs along the side of the road. Now, rescuers hope a $500 reward will help catch who’s responsible.
Early Wednesday morning, 41 spaniels were found abandoned near Sanger. The night before about 50 Maltese-mix dogs were spotted running loose in rural Flower Mound.
The spaniels were taken to the Human Society of North Texas in Fort Worth.
An NBC 5 crew went to cover the story Thursday morning, and discovered another dog abandoned outside of the shelter.
The small tan puppy, unrelated to the 92 abandoned animals, was tied to a post with a rope outside of the shelter on East Lancaster Avenue.
NBC 5 Reporter Kendra Lyn called the animal emergency number posted on the door, and a worker showed up to help the dog. The worker took the female puppy inside and reported the dog was eating and being evaluated.
Humane Society of North Texas workers will give the 41 Cavalier King Charles spaniels that were found abandoned near Sanger baths on Thursday. The animals will be ready for adoption as early as Sunday.
"It's hard to believe that people could, you know, how much they love these dogs, they could just turn them loose along the road somewhere,” said Peggy Brown from the Humane Society of North Texas.
Police are searching for the person(s) who dumped the dogs. The devastating discovery came just a day after police in Flower Mound found 51 Maltese-mixed breed dogs off U.S. Highway 377.
Officers believe all dogs are likely part of the same puppy mill.
A new strict state law enforces that breeders provide basic grooming, veterinary care and exercise for the animals.
“Unfortunately, there are a few of these, you know, really bad breeders who know they're not going to pass inspections and are trying to get out of the business fast,” said Brown. “With a lot of these puppy mill dogs, their feet may have never touched the ground. They could have spent their whole lives in cages. It's really heartbreaking. Hopefully we can change their lot in life and give them a better future than their past has been,” says Brown.