03/27/2012 01:50 EDT | Updated 05/27/2012 05:12 EDT

31 Dogs Rescued From Durham Breeding Operation


The Humane Society of Durham Region is looking for new homes for 31 dogs one of its investigators rescued from a local dog breeding operation.

The investigator and an animal control officer seized the dogs after visiting a facility in Clarington last week, after receiving a tip from the public.

Debby Houghton, the officer who conducted the investigation, said the animals were being kept in unacceptable conditions. The dogs' hair was matted with feces and urine.

They have since been washed and groomed and examined by a veterinarian.

"They are lovely dogs," Houghton told . "We're talking about puppies that are nine weeks old to maltese that are as old as four."

The investigation is continuing.

The Humane Society says it is looking for people willing to adopt the dogs.

Those interested can call 905-665-7430.