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After a citizen’s complaint launched an investigation into popular Oklahoma City breeder, OKC Poms, 124 dogs were seized, rescued from deplorable conditions while OKC Poms’ owner and breeder, Linda Roach, who has been breeding dogs for over 30 years, faces 124 counts of failure to provide humane care and treatment and two counts of failure to provide veterinary care to a dog.
The OKC Poms website and Facebook page, which have since been taken down, showed images of happy, healthy, well-groomed puppies. But officials say what the conditions at the facility were far from acceptable.
Animal Welfare Officer, Mike Cronic told KFOR-TV News, “Cockroaches in the food, there was feces everywhere. The cages hadn’t been cleaned properly for quite some time. There was a ventilation issue. So it was pretty bad.”
Just 5 months ago, Linda Roach passed inspection and her license was renewed. So, how does this happen?
“When they get their inspections done, they know it’s going to happen. So they do everything possible to make sure it’s clean and animals are taken care of. It’s after the inspectors leave that things change,” Animal Welfare’s Trace Lyons told KFOR.
After the inspection, Roach, like other puppy mill breeders, simply stopped caring for the dogs properly. USDA requirements for commercial breeders are already at a bare minimum level of care and comfort for the animals. What’s “appropriate” for breeders is a level of care far inferior to how we, as pet parents, would expect dogs to be provided for. To fail an inspection means that conditions in the kennels were absolutely deplorable.
While 124 dogs were seized, sadly, 41 were allowed to remain with Roach because, officials said, they were living in acceptable conditions.
It is likely (but not definite) that Roach will lose her breeding license. Investigators may add more charges as a case is built against OKC Poms.
All but two of the dogs rescued appear to be healthy. Many will be available for adoption at Central OK Humane Society and the Bella Foundation. For more information, contact Animal Welfare at 405-297-3100.