According to the MSPCA, the dogs were voluntarily surrendered Jan.
The MSPCA said in a statement that the couple faces seven counts each for subjecting the dogs to unnecessary suffering and failing to provide a sanitary environment.
Though the couple has declined to respond publicly to the allegations, in a report from MSPCA Officer Nadya Branca, Ms.
The MSPCA was called to inspect the home by Westminster Animal Control officers who discovered the squalor in the kennels when they responded to complaints the Aguiars were selling sick puppies with kennel cough.
Three goats also removed by the MSPCA were emaciated and forced to sleep on top of a large pile of feces to stay out of the elements, the documents said.
The newborn puppies were neutered, immunized and microchipped before the MSPCA placed them into new homes, he said, but one puppy, 8-week-old "Billie,'' remains at the shelter.
The animals are displayed and shown at summer fairs where they compete for ribbons and sometimes small cash prizes but when the children head back to school, in the best case scenarios the MSPCA or another rescue group ends up with the animals.
At the MSPCA, adopters at the Nevins Farm must sign a pledge insuring they won't slaughter the animals, Mr.