Puppy-mill operators admit tax evasion

May 19, 2010

Two Harrison County puppy-mill operators were sentenced to probation Tuesday after they admitted they committed sales-tax evasion. Virginia Garwood, 65, and her daughter, Kristen Garwood, 27, told a Marion County judge they did not collect or pay sales taxes to the state from their dog-breeding operation in the southern Indiana town of Mauckport. Several agencies raided Garwood's operations last June, seizing hundreds of dogs and puppies. Many were living in squalid conditions. The Garwoods still face a civil tax case from the Indiana Attorney General’s Office over $132,440 in unpaid taxes.