Authorities raid puppy mill, remove 100 dogs

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 | 11:04 a.m. CDT

ROLLA — The Humane Society of Missouri will care for more than 100 dogs removed from what officials call an unlicensed puppy mill near the mid-Missouri town of Rolla.

The Humane Society removed the dogs Tuesday, working in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Phelps County Sheriff's Department. Authorities say the dogs were living in filthy conditions, were housed in too few cages and lacked adequate water. Many needed veterinary care.

The dogs were mostly small breeds including poodles, miniature pinschers and Yorkshire terriers. They'll be cared for at the Humane Society's headquarters in St. Louis and will remain in the Humane Society's custody until a disposition hearing on Oct. 8 in Phelps County.


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