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Trial Delayed for Couple Arrested in Alleged Wicomico County Puppy Mill Case

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The dogs seized from the Murphy's home are primarily of the Pomeranian breed. Some are a mix. (Photo: WBOC) The dogs seized from the Murphy's home are primarily of the Pomeranian breed. Some are a mix. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.- The trial date for a Wicomico County couple accused of running a suspected puppy mill has been pushed back.  

Robert Murphy, 60,and Susan Murphy, 67, of Eden, were originally scheduled for trial on Wednesday. But Susan Murphy's trial has been delayed until mid-October. A new trial date has not yet been announced for her husband. 

Both were taken into custody in July at their home on Cooper Road in Eden. Their arrests came nearly three months after police removed 310 dogs, a majority of them Pomeranians, from the Murphy's property. According to court documents, the couple was running a puppy mill operation from their home. 

Investigators said the dogs were found to be living in deplorable conditions.  Many of them living in cages surrounded by their own fecal matter with severely matted fur. Ten dogs were found in one building, 24 in another, 110 dogs found in a third building, and 166 were removed from the the couple's home. According to police, the dogs in the third building were not provided with adequate water, shelter, or space. Investigators said that inside the Murphy's home, the air quality was so poor it burned the eyes and noses of the responding officers.  Police said there was a strong smell of urine and feces in the home and the dogs inside were also not provided with adequate water, shelter, or space.

Both Robert and Susan Murphy are facing 84 charges each, including several counts of animal cruelty and animal cruelty with failure to provide veterinary care and nutritious food.  

Many of the rescued dogs from the Cooper Road property required veterinary and cosmetic care before the would be available for adoption.  After their rescue, the community rallied behind the pups and flooded the Humane Society of Wicomico County with donations for the dogs.

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