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Ohio authorities placing 241 seized dogs

SIDNEY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say they expect most of the 241 dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill in western Ohio to be placed in foster care by Thanksgiving.


Ohio SPCA members catalog the condition of a dog for evidence against a puppy mill located at 8350 Tawawa-Maplewood Rd. in Shelby County, Ohio near the town of Maplewood Saturday morning, Nov. 17, 2012. Annie Wulfhorst, of Grove City, takes pictures of the rescued dogs feet as Jennifer Graham, of Buckeye Lake, holds the dog along with a white board for identification. Looking on from behind is Brad Adams, of Washington Court House. The puppy mill was raided with a search warrant at 8 a.m. Saturday by the Shelby County Sheriff's department after receiving previous complaints. Roughly 200 dogs were removed. A veteran did a walk through of the facility and deemed it necessary to remove all of the dogs due to poor living conditions and poor care. The suspects in the puppy mill are Dave and Rhonda Auton and their son Adam Auton. (AP Photo/Sidney Daily News, Luke Gronneberg)

WHIO-TV ( ) reports that sheriff's deputies and the dog warden raided the Shelby County property and seized the animals on Saturday following a six-month investigation.

Officials said the dogs of various breeds were found in very poor health, and kennel conditions were determined to be unfit for housing animals. One dog was found dead.

Multiple charges are expected to be filed against the owners of the business, called Pedigree Pets.

Sidney is about 40 miles north of Dayton.

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