NORCROSS, Ga. - Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Unit seized 15 dogs in an unlawful backyard breeding program.
On Tuesday, March 24, an animal control officer on patrol observed a “puppies for sale” sign in front of a home on Williams Drive in Norcross. No one was answered when the officer knocked on the door. The officer walked to the side of the home and observed several dogs in a fenced area in what appeared to be a backyard breeding area. When the dogs began barking, the owner came outside.
The officer learned that there were 9 Chihuahua’s (1 male and 2 females with 3 puppies each) and 6 Pit Bull dogs (4 pregnant females - who appeared to be near delivery a 6 month old female puppy and one adult male). The officer informed the owner that he was in violation of the Backyard Breeders county ordinance that states, “It is unlawful for any person who does not hold a license from the Georgia Department of Agriculture to breed.”
The owner willfully agreed to surrender the animals to Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement. The two female Chihuahua’s with puppies have been released to a local rescue group. However, they are still seeking homes for the Pit Bulls.
The owner of the dogs was not cited for the backyard breeding program. He has been educated on the county ordinance that governs breeding. There will be additional patrols in the area to ensure that the activity does not resume.
In addition, fifteen dogs were removed and placed in an environment that will be more suitable for a well-rounded life. Support laws that protect animals from backyard breeding and consider adopting from a shelter or breed specific rescue group in your community.