Georgia Puppy Mill Busted; Owner Surrenders Dozens of Dogs

53 dogs were pulled from the dilapidated trailer.

An anonymous tip to the Best Friends Humane Society led to a puppy mill in Georgia being busted, and the owner is now facing charges.

Along with Best Friends, the Worth County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Department of Agriculture conducted the raid, which saved 24 dogs and 29 puppies from a dilapidated trailer. Dachshunds, bulldogs, Yorkshire terriers, Pekingeses, golden retrievers and Pomeranians were among the breeds found.

Officials were aghast at what they saw. Dog kennels, covered in feces, were stacked on top of one another. Though food was visible, water bowls were blanketed in algae. Rats and roaches scurried about the malnourished dogs, and most of the puppies were anemic and covered in fleas. Sadly, 14 of the 29 puppies have the deadly disease Parvo.

Owner Lewis Hillard had been running an unlicensed breeding facility. He at first claimed to be selling the puppies to an Albany pet dealer, but then said he had been giving them to families. He surrendered all of the dogs to the authorities.

Sheriff Jeff Hobby confirmed that Hillard has been charged with a felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals and misdemeanor cruelty to animals in the first degree, and is currently in the Worth County Jail.

Items currently needed at Best Friends include puppy and dog food, flea shampoo, towels and bleach. Monetary donations and volunteers are always welcomed. Best Friends’ website can be reached here:



8 thoughts on “Georgia Puppy Mill Busted; Owner Surrenders Dozens of Dogs

  1. I would love to take and foster the yorkie terrier and her babies if you need someone. Please contact me through [email protected] It would be a pleasure for me to help them out..or any of the babies…

  2. Thank goodness one more mill is shut down. Can’t understand how anyone can treat these wonderful animals like this. Unforgiveable. Hope he roasts in hell.

  3. Wish I had the resources to take all puppy mill dogs, but I give as much as I can to rescue shelters.

  4. Wonder if Ga. Ag will license this guy once the media packs up the cameras and goes home. That’s how they’ve done it in the past.
    Keep tabs on this story – just to see if they do.

  5. Dogs are companions not toys to be beaten by us humans. We should protect not reject the animals.

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