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Dogs Seized From Kentucky Puppy Mill Arrive In Central Ohio

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UPDATED: Friday February 7, 2014 5:01 PM

It has been a long road from Nancy, Kentucky, to the Capital Area Humane Society for seven dogs.

The animals were among the almost 50 dogs seized from a kennel near Louisville.

“There was inches of mud and feces. Most of the pens did not have dog boxes for the animals to get out of the elements, and many of them were obviously in poor condition by their frame,” said Det. Glen Bland, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

Several of the dogs had to be euthanized due to disease.

The seven now in Columbus are some of the survivors.

The Pulaski County shelter was already operating at capacity and these neglected animals, were now homeless, too. That’s when the Capital Area answered the call.

“It is wonderful to see these dogs just starting to relax and their body language is just -- they're getting comfortable. And like I said, they're in their kennels with their beds, and bedding and blankets,” said Rachel Finney, Capital Area Humane Society.

The dogs are being medically evaluated and treated. At least one will need surgery while all will need to be spayed or neutered.

A new set of regulations meant to crack down on puppy mills in Ohio just took effect this year. It requires high volume breeders to get a state license and also sets standards for housing and care.

After years of neglect, these dogs are finally receiving the care they need.

“For things to come to pass as they have, and to know that all of these animals are going to find good homes - that's very satisfying, it makes me very happy,” said Bland.

The dogs will be available for adoption at the Capital Humane Society, possibly late next week.

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