Nearly 100 dogs were dumped along the side of the road on two different nights in Denton County.
About 50 Maltese dogs were found early Tuesday morning in a rural area of Flower Mound. The next night about 40 King Charles and cocker spaniels were let loose near Sanger.
Authorities suspect that because in each case the dogs were the same breed, a puppy mill or a dog breeder was responsible. They may have been reacting to a new state law that requires them to get a license.
Animal control officers said the dogs were in relatively good health, but seemed to have been kept in unsanitary conditions. Their fur was caked thick with feces and fifth and many of them had to be shaved to be cleaned.
"We believe this breeder knew the condition of the dogs would not have passed the inspection and dumped these dogs in an effort to get rid of them," said Capt. Richard Brooks with the Flower Mound Police Department.
Police will consider animal cruelty charges when they find the person responsible.
The Humane Society of North Texas and Flower Mound Animal Services hope to be able to put all the dogs up for adoption in about a week or so.
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