Brandi Louis Marzka and Lynda Susan Cummings charged with animal abuse and animal neglect after running derelict puppy mill where a slew of horrors awaited Georgia officials.
Two Georgia women have been arrested after authorities found more than 40 neglected dogs – including seven with their bottom jaws missing – living in ‘deplorable conditions.’
Brandi Louis Marzka and Lynda Susan Cummings were taken into custody Monday after authorities discovered a puppy mill in Barnesville, about an hour’s drive south of Atlanta, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities began investigating the abandoned home after a citizen alerted the Towaliga District Attorney’s Office and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.
Deputies reportedly contacted Cummings after conducting a welfare check of the home. She eventually surrendered all the dogs to the sheriff’s office, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
‘No one was living at the house. She was periodically coming and checking on the dogs,’ said Monroe County Sheriff Brad Freeman. ‘Obviously, because at some point they had had food and water.’
According to the Atlanta Humane Society, a total of 44 Maltipoo dogs were found living in ‘extremely neglectful and unsanitary conditions.’
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Who was the puppy mill servicing?
At least one Maltipoo puppy was found dead, according to cops. The 43 other Maltipoo pups were rescued by the Society.
‘For the majority of the dogs, homes will be found for them and they will be taken care of,’ Freeman said.
The Society told AJC that the bottom jaws of seven dogs were missing entirely because of neglected dental care. Others were covered in covered in feces and urine with their hair matted with some dogs having skin or eye issues.
‘Many will need extensive medical care and long-term foster care before they are ready for adoption,’ a spokesperson for the group said.
Cummings faces seven counts of maliciously causing physical harm to an animal by serious disfigurement and one count of maliciously causing the death of an animal – both felonies. Both women face 36 counts of animal neglect. They were booked into the Monroe County Jail.
Not immediately understood is who Marzka and Cummings were servicing and how they went about their presumed sales to vendors.
An investigation is ongoing.