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Puppies and dogs removed from Michigan suspected puppy mill abuse

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The Humane Society of the United States and the Livingston County Animal Control removed 100 dogs and cats from a suspected puppy mill in Howell Township, Mich. on Wednesday reported

The Livingston County Sheriff's Department issued the search warrant after numerous reports of sick dogs were received and visits to the property revealed dogs being kept in inhumane conditions.

There are no current laws in Michigan applicable to large scale breeding operations.

According to, Jill Fritz, the senior state director for Michigan's HSUS states the state needs stronger laws to protect animals:

"If we had strong state laws regulating these large-scale dog breeding operations, we could put a stop to this unimaginable suffering. We're thankful to Livingston County Animal Control for taking action in this case and allowing us to help rescue these animals.”

The owners now face animal cruelty charges. Most of the dogs were larger breed poodle mixes and were being sold online. Many of the dogs suffered from eye and ear infections and were extremely matted and neglected.

The dogs are all being treated. The exact location of the alleged puppy mill has not been announced.

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