"Nightmare Breeder" Making 130+ Dogs Feel Miserable Is Finally Caught

"Think of a filthy, creepy horror movie set … that was this place."
The nameless and terrified poodle mix was trapped in a barn stall at a puppy mill in New Jersey. The place was piled up with waste and mud all over, and the pup, along with other ones in there, was covered in the filth. But they couldn’t do anything except be sit and comfort one another.
"Nightmare Breeder" Making 130+ Dogs Feel Miserable Is Finally Caught
But, the lives of these canines, who had probably spent their entire lives in the garbage, was about to take a dramatic turn. Authorities had asked rescuers to seize more than130 dogs living in the filthy property in Shamong. Many rescue groups stood up to go for it and one of them was Atlantic County Canines (ACC). Shockingly and unluckily, 40+ dogs were already dead and stored in a freezer.
"Nightmare Breeder" Making 130+ Dogs Feel Miserable Is Finally Caught

“The smell in the house was so bad people weren’t permitted inside without face masks,” Abi Conway, volunteer for the rescue, said. “Think of a filthy, creepy horror movie set … that was this place.”
"Nightmare Breeder" Making 130+ Dogs Feel Miserable Is Finally Caught

The majority of dogs, who were kept for the profit of the owner’s puppy- business, had neither been neutered, groomed nor vaccinated. The owner, however, did possess every possible breeds of dogs, including the tiny Westies and the large Dobermans.
"Nightmare Breeder" Making 130+ Dogs Feel Miserable Is Finally Caught

ACC took in 8 small dogs and all of them were horrifically matted. And, out of them, the filthiest one was the poodle mix who was later named Beaker.

“He was in such poor condition that he couldn’t even stand up or walk correctly,” Conway said. “It was just terrible.”
"Nightmare Breeder" Making 130+ Dogs Feel Miserable Is Finally Caught

It was apparent that Beaker was highly uncomfortable in his caked fur. So, the staff lightly cut the mats off of it wand washed the dirt the very night they rescued him. Then, a wispy, cream-colored coat revealed itself from underneath.
"Nightmare Breeder" Making 130+ Dogs Feel Miserable Is Finally Caught

He was instantly relieved and so were other dogs.

“They realized, ‘Hey, we can move now! We’re clean!’” Conway said. “They hadn’t even been professionally groomed yet, but just being washed made such a difference for them the first night. It was incredible.”
"Nightmare Breeder" Making 130+ Dogs Feel Miserable Is Finally Caught

Although all the dogs had evidently suffered a lot, Beaker, and another dog named Kermit looked the most traumatized. Now, both of them are together being showered with all the love in a foster home, believing slowly that humans are not all that bad.

“They’ll back away from you, and they will cower if you go to touch their head,” Conway said. “These are dogs who are going to need a lot of patience and understanding.”
"Nightmare Breeder" Making 130+ Dogs Feel Miserable Is Finally Caught

They went through a lot of professional grooming sessions before finally feeling completely better. They are learning how to play, walk on a leash, enjoy treats, and simply be dogs.

Donna Roberts, the breeder has thankfully been arrested and charged with 130 counts of animal cruelty. Hopefully, the dogs will get complete justice and Roberts will be banned from owning any animal in the future.
"Nightmare Breeder" Making 130+ Dogs Feel Miserable Is Finally Caught

“She’s been in trouble off and on with the authorities for many years,” Conway explained. “She’s sold puppies online and in print ads under a host of assumed identities and has also been in trouble repeatedly for selling animals who aren’t healthy or vaccinated. This is not at all her first run-in with the authorities over these issues, but hopefully, it will be the last.”

Conway now looks back and thinks what a long way the dogs have travelled.
"Nightmare Breeder" Making 130+ Dogs Feel Miserable Is Finally Caught

“They are getting the kind of attention they need now, and it’s made such a difference,” Conway said. “Just to see them start learning how to be dogs before your very eyes is so humbling. It’s almost hard to put into words how satisfying that is.”