This is just outside the town that I work at.
A former Morden-area couple have been ordered to pay more than $18,000 in fines and court costs for operating a filthy puppy mill where animals were found sick and malnourished.
In addition to fines, Helen and John Wiebe were prohibited from owning animals for five years.
Judge Heather Pullan rejected a defence request that the couple be allowed to keep one dog as a pet.
Manitoba Agriculture inspectors were called to the couple's farm and licensed breeding facility in March 2007 after receiving reports of unsanitary conditions.
Inspectors found large feces accumulations both inside the kennels and out, inadequate or non-existent bedding, and unsatisfactory ventilation.
Of 21 dogs seized from the farm, eight required immediate medical attention. Others were thin and malnourished. Two puppies died a short time after they were seized.
“It was a shameful display of animals held for a commercial purpose,” said Crown attorney Sean Brennan.
Defence lawyer Madelaine Low said the couple found themselves in dire financial straits following repeated setbacks in the farming sector and “standards started to slip.”
“They had good intentions,” Low said. “This was not a case of intentional cruelty or blatant disregard.”
Low said John Wiebe moved to Alberta to find work, leaving Helen to operate the breeding operation on her own.
“There was lots of pressure on them both,” Low said. “Helen was diagnosed with depression prior to the seizure and this played a large role in her not being able to keep up with chores and maintain the premises.”
The couple and one adult son now live in Alberta and are still trying to sell their Morden-area farm.
Helen Wiebe said she was “shocked” to see pictures taken by officials prior to seizing the animals.
“I love animals ... It’s an embarrassment,” she said.
John Wiebe said he didn’t realize just how bad things had become after he moved to Alberta for work.
“When you saw the animals running around, you never would have thought there was something wrong,” he said. “It’s not who we are. Things got out of hand. We are terribly sorry.”
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If they couldn't afford to feed them and give them proper care, they should've found homes for the one's they had and stopped breeding.