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Puppy Mill Mayhem

Puppy mill owner faces animal-cruelty charges following police raid.


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More than 400 dogs were rescued on Wednesday from horrifying conditions at a Washington-based puppy mill. Benton County Sheriff, Larry Taylor, led the raid at Sun Valley kennel, which breeds miniature American Eskimo dogs on its 2-acre property. The mill is owned by 66-year-old Ella Stewart, who has pled not guilty to charges of second-degree animal cruelty. Officials and animal-rights groups involved in the efforts referred to the situation as “one of the worst cases” of animal abuse they had ever witnessed. The malnourished and neglected canines were found in makeshift kennels coated with feces and urine. All of the dogs will receive much-needed medical care at emergency kennels set up at the local fairgrounds.

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