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Eden Neighbors React To Puppy Mill Arrest

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Dog rescued from the Puppy Mill in Eden (WBOC) Dog rescued from the Puppy Mill in Eden (WBOC)

EDEN, Md.- Neighbors are speaking out about the arrest and charges filed on a Eden couple in a criminal puppy mill case. Robert and Susan Murphy of Eden were arrested and charged Monday with animal cruelty. According to police, 310 dogs were rescued from their Cooper Road home in April in very poor condition.

The couples arrest on Monday spread quickly through the now quiet community. Amanda Micciche lives yards away from the couples home and said she is glad police made an arrest. 

"I kind of feel like it's a long time coming and we were curious as to when it actually was going to happen because we knew when all the dogs were seized," Micciche said. 

For the past five years, many neighbors like Alton Higgins said they had been frustrated with the continuous noise of the puppy mill but their complaints were ignored. Higgins said several complaints by different neighbors had been reported to the Wicomico County Humane Society and he's glad to see something has finally been done. 

"I'm pleased the action has taken place today. I'm disappointed it's gotten to this point, when regulatory agencies that are responsible for monitoring the puppy mill fell down on the job," Higgins said.

Higgins said had neighbors' complaints to the Wicomico County Humane Society been taken more seriously, things may not have gotten so out of hand. 

"It's sad when anybody gets arrested and I feel badly for the Murphy's in that respect, that they're elderly people," Higgins said. "I think the puppy mill and raising the puppies got ahead of them and they got into a situation where they didn't know what to do instead of looking for help, the problem just compounded."

Robert and Susan Murphy will be arraigned in District Court in Wicomico County. Twenty-seven of the 310 dogs rescued are still under the care of the Wicomico County Humane Society, one had to be euthanized and the remaining were successfully able to be adopted. 

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