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Updated: 05/08/2014 08:00:04AM

County seeks control of alleged puppy mill dogs

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DeSoto County Animal Services filed a petition in DeSoto County Court last week, asking for full legal custody and control of the dogs the county recently acquired from an alleged Nocatee puppy mill.

The petition is directed against Chelce Lillian Dower and Andrew Macauley who were both arrested in connection with the alleged puppy mill, and Stephen Archer, who were alleged to have lived at the S.W Salerno Avenue residence where the alleged puppy mill was located. Animal services seized 56 dogs and puppies and brought them to the county’s McKay Street facility, where county personnel and volunteers are helping to care for them pending a court order.

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