Over 100 dogs rescued from puppy mill

Sunday, November 2nd 2008, 7:56 pm
By: News 9


DELAWARE COUNTY, Okla. -- Nearly 100 dogs were rescued from a puppy mill authorities are calling "appalling." The dogs were found Friday near the Arkansas border in Delaware County.

Authorities said the cocker spaniels and poodles were packed into cages without any food or water. They also found carcasses of dead dogs inside many of the cages.

"Probably the worst scene we've ever dealt with as far as animal abuse," Delaware County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Berry said.

Meanwhile, authorities are trying to figure out how the conditions at the puppy mill got so out of control.

"It was brutal. Dogs eating dead dogs, dogs starving, pregnant, injured, blind, you name it," Jennifer Thumser of the Oklahoma Humane Society said.

The dogs that survived are being taken to a humane society in Denver.

The puppy mill owner was arrested and police said she will likely face felony animal cruelty charges.