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Updated: 04/27/2014 08:00:02AM

Alleged Nocatee puppy mill yields 2 arrests

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SUN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com
Two dogs, a husky and a husky mix, peer out through chain-link fence at a kennel at DeSoto County Animal Control. They were rescued from a suspected puppy mill in Nocatee, where many of the 56 dogs had no food or water, and lived in filthy conditions.

SUN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

A wary husky mother keeps a watchful eye over her seven puppies, born in inhumane conditions at a suspected puppy mill. Although two of the puppies needed antibiotics, they have shown signs of improvement since being brought to DeSoto Animal Services on Thursday.

SUN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

This young Austrialian shepherd puppy was one of 56 confiscated by DeSoto County authorities Thursday following a raid on a suspected unlicensed puppy mill. The dogs were kept in shocking conditions.

By SUSAN E. HOFFMAN

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NOCATEE — More than 50 dogs, including two mothers with puppies, were confiscated from a suspected puppy mill in rural Nocatee Thursday by DeSoto County authorities.

The dogs were being kept in shocking conditions, according to Debbie Merkin, DeSoto County Animal Control supervisor. Most of the kennels had no food or water, or only dirty black water. Feces was piled up inches deep, and some of the dogs were being kept in kennels no larger than a pet carrier.

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