JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Action News was the first station to take you inside a puppy mill as dozens of dogs and cats were rescued.
Now, we're getting a lot of calls and emails from people wanting to know how to adopt these injured animals. We went back to Animal Care and Control to see how they're being nursed back to health. Until then, the animals will not be adoption-ready.
All their fur has to be shaved off. They're covered in urine and feces. Some of their paws have sores all over them. One dog is even missing part of its leg. Another one has a huge tumor on her stomach. Their injuries will make your stomach churn.
They were all found inside this home on Baymeadows Thursday. Nearly 50 dogs and cats, living in what officers say were deplorable conditions. Scott Trebatoski has been checking the animals all day.
"We're in the process of looking at each animal individually to see what the charges may be," he said.
Trebatoski says there will be criminal charges filed. The pet owners told Action News they've had trouble taking care of their pets because of their own health issues. Trebatoski says this is just the start of many more investigations to come.
"There's probably hundreds of cases like this in our area that we don't know about," said Trebatoski.
They're hoping more people will call in tips so they don't have to see dogs with injuries this severe. All of the work they're doing on these dogs has to be paid for by the owners. We're told that could be in excess of $10,000. Animal Care and Control estimates it will be a month before the animals are ready for adoption.