JEWELL, Iowa – A notorious Iowa dog breeding facility, labeled one of the worst in the country by one animal rights group, is closing down.
Julie’s Jewels in Jewell made the top of the Humane Society of the United States’ list of the worst puppy mills in the country. Now, the puppy mill is closing down. Over the years, the Animal Rescue League has logged countless complaints against the puppy mill.
“Many dogs have suffered at her hands.” says Mary LaHay of Iowa Friends of Companion Animals, “Many customers have ended up with horrendous vet expenses from sick dogs purchased from her.”
We were not able to get a hold of Julie Arents, the owner of Julie’s Jewels. But a flyer is advertising an auction of more than 220 of her dogs. She cites health problems for the reason she is closing shop.
“In 2010, the USDA inspectors gave me a heart attack. Since then, my health has continued to get worse,” the flier read. Arents lost her USDA license after she reportedly tried to run an inspector off the road.
Iowa Friends of Companion Animals says poorly written Iowa laws allow puppy mill operators to do business here. They add it’s a booming business with about 230 puppy mills in the state breeding about 13,000 dogs.