Over 800 malnourished and neglected dogs were rescued from four illegal breeding centers on Tuesday. Lancaster County Animal Control Agents stated that it was the largest one day bust on the entire East Coast. Surprisingly, the entire operation was attributed to a lucky accident.
Office Fred Matusek needed to pick up a new charger for his daughter’s phone. He states that he was feeling too lazy to drive all the way to Wal-Mart, so he took a short detour to the Manor Shopping Center Radio Shack.
“I never go to Radio Shack and I don’t know anyone who ever has,” explained Matusek. “I really didn’t even think they were still in business. Nevertheless, I saw the sign and decided to take a chance. It was better than driving all the way out to the WalMart on Fruitville Pike.”
The first thing Matusek noticed was the tinted windows. He admits he didn’t think it was a big deal, because he thought they were trying to keep the store cool because of all of the electronics. But then things took a turn for the worse.
“I pulled hard on the front door, and it was locked. It was only 3pm, so I thought maybe the door was stuck. I pulled again and started knocking on the door, that’s when I heard it.”
What the officer heard was dozens and dozens of dogs barking at once. He put his face up to the glass to get a better look inside.
“I Iooked in, and there was this old ugly bearded guy staring back at me. Damn Amish! Now, I knew something was up. You see an Amish man in Radio Shack about as often as you see an E-Town College alumni at a Mensa Meeting!”
Matuek called for back up, and promptly 47 officers responded. They bust the door down and raided the place. On a hunch, they next went to the other Radio Shack stores in Lancaster County—Willow Street, Columbia, and the Lancaster Shopping Center. Officers found almost identical conditions at each of them.
Matusek explained the details of the bust and explained what is up next for his squad.
“Basically, those Amish breeders are pretty smart. They realized that Radio Shack hasn’t had a customer since at least 1996. These storefronts were the perfect place to lay low and run a thriving puppy mill. It was a great day for us, but the work of a County Animal Control Officer never ends. Tomorrow we are going to follow up on a hot tip about the Sears at the Park City Mall.”