Animal Legal Defense Fund wants New Mexico kennel shut down

MCINTOSH, N.M. (KRQE) – Southern Sollars runs Southern Roc Airedales and says there’s no problem with her facility in Torrance County.

After getting a string of complaints, the Animal Legal Defense Fund sent in an investigator with a hidden camera to the town of McIntosh.

“Ms. Sollars is not providing clean drinking water to her dogs. Every time the investigators went, the dogs had frozen water or water is covered in green algae,” said Jessica Blome, ALDF Senior Staff Attorney.

It doesn’t stop there, the California-based animal rights group released a video that shows it all. Waste and urine, mangy fur, long nails and dogs left out in freezing temperatures can be seen.

Sollars says that’s just how these expensive hunting dogs live.

“You know, dogs jump in their water, all dogs. Dogs mess. There isn’t piles of dog mess out here,” said Sollars.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund says Sollars is wrong.

“The law requires that you have a license even if you sell one dog, so she shouldn’t be able to operate a puppy mill without a license,” said Blome.

The group has filed a lawsuit with the Department of Agriculture.

“We’re not going to allow her one more moment of violating the law. She can’t breed and cant sell puppies until she gets the license,” said Blome.

Despite the accusations, Sollars says her business isn’t going anywhere.

“Try it, simple, try it. I haven’t done anything wrong,” said Sollars.

The group says if the feds don’t shut down the kennel or Sollars doesn’t fix it up, they’ll try to rescue all her dogs and find them new homes.

Correction: KRQE News 13 previously reported that the Sollars did not have a USDA license to sell dogs. However, the USDA tells us they do not need a license because they only sell dogs person-to-person.

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