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3 Ohioans face hundreds of animal cruelty counts

SIDNEY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in western Ohio have charged three people with hundreds of animal cruelty counts in connection with a dog-breeding business where 241 dogs were seized during a raid.

Sidney Municipal Court officials say the owners of Pedigree Pets in Maplewood and their son each face 241 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

Sheriff's deputies raided the Shelby County property over a week ago. Officials say dogs of various breeds were found in poor health, with kennel conditions determined unfit for housing animals.

A court official said a hearing scheduled Monday for 51-year-old Rhonda Auton, 55-year-old Dave Auton and 29-year-old Adam Auton, all of Maplewood, likely would be postponed. A call to a telephone number listed for all three was not immediately returned.

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