Those who run puppy mills have never raised their hands and said “here I am!” However, I had never heard of a miller literally going underground until recently.
On Monday, April 24, about 14 dogs were rescued from an alleged “dog breeding operation” hidden in an abandoned underground bomb shelter in rural Lake Village, Indiana.
Following the dark underground path, the officers began to hear the barking, which became louder and louder, and was followed by an overwhelming cloud of ammonia from dog urine, a common issue in puppy mills.
According to printed reports, the bunker was so limited that officers were forced to use a rope and portable animal carrier to haul the animals up out of the hole in small groups. After securing the last dog, both officers that rescued dogs inside the bunker required medical treatment for exposure to high levels of concentrated ammonia and animal waste. That’s with protective masks and after spending only a short time inside the bunker. Imagine how these dogs had to live.
As a result, it was just announced by county prosecutor Jeff Drinksi, that Pat Gorecki is facing 15 felony and 15 misdemeanor charges for animal neglect, as the owner of the puppy mill in Newton County. This is reportedly her alleged second offense.
A warrant has been issued for her arrest; there was no information as to whether Gorecki had been taken into custody.