The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department is looking into the operations of a dog breeder in northeastern Daviess County. The investigation began after a woman from Loogootee filed a complaint Thursday afternoon claiming a breeder had sold her a very sick dog.

“We got a complaint that this woman thought the people she had purchased the dog from were operating a puppy mill,” said Sheriff Gary Allison. “Our guys have started to look into it. I would say that depending on what all we find we may wind up getting the state veterinarian and other state officials involved.”

The woman told deputies that the dog was so dirty that she took it to a groomer who called her and told her the dog was sick.

She said she then took it to a vet who told her the dog was legally blind and full of cancer and had been a breeding dog. The animal was in such poor shape she had it put down and suggested the previous owner was operating a puppy mill.

Later on Thursday the dog groomer asked to file a report of animal cruelty in connection with the dog. The groomer said the dog’s eyes were matted and had a green fluid coming out the vagina. In addition she found a tumor on the animal’s breast and could tell the dog is blind.

The investigation is ongoing. So far there have been no arrests.

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