EXCLUSIVE: Animal rescues seek help after at least 96 dogs, 7 horses found at Tracy puppy mill

TRACY, Calif. (KGO) -- Bay Area animal rescues are asking for help after nearly 100 dogs and seven horses were rescued from a Northern California puppy mill.

Animal rescuers described the ranch near Tracy, Calif. where the animals were kept as "unhealthy and filthy living conditions."

Debbie Penrose, a private animal rescuer, found out about the puppy mill through a friend. She learned the breeder had recently died and a relative, who went to clean the estate, had found the animals and was looking for help.

"Emaciated," Penrose said when asked to describe the condition of some of the dogs. "Ticks, fleas..and the food bowls were just full of algae. It was awful. It was dirty."

Penrose posted about the situation on Facebook to alert her friends in the animal rescue community. Eleven animal rescues from across the state stepped up to help.

"The dogs we're rescuing have probably had five, six, seven, eight, maybe even double digits amounts of litters," Maddy Hayley, the program coordinator at San Francisco's Wonder Dog Rescue, which took in 16 dogs, said. "We brought in a lab and one of her nipples is distending down 8 inches. It's so sad."

The dogs are now in foster homes and will soon be up for adoption. If there is anything good that came from the situation, Penrose says it's, hopefully, awareness.

"Just spreading the word about puppy mills and backyard breeding," she said. "There are responsible breeders out there, but please do your research."

The rescues that took in the animals are seeking donations to help in their recovery. They set up a GoFundMe account here.

This is a list of the 11 individual animal rescues involved:

Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue

Homeward Bound

Destiny's Hope Rescue

Dogwood Rescue

Throw Me a Bone Rescue

Southern California Dachshund Relief Inc.

Pits R' Us Rescue

Furreka Rescue

Green Dog Rescue

Soft Paws Rescue

Wonder Dog Rescue

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