MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -

A north central Wisconsin humane society has rescued 50 dogs from a puppy mill that didn't have any heat.

According to Daily Herald Media , a couple originally contacted the Lincoln County Humane Society on Saturday to take about 20 dogs. But when shelter officials arrived they found more than 50 animals, mostly puppies, that needed to be removed.

The humane society's board president Patrick Hoerstmann says the home was condemned and wasn't suitable for dogs or people. Officials say they were also hoarders.

The chihuahuas, Australian shepherds and small "teddy bear" mixed breeds are being housed at the shelter.
Officials need to clear some legal hurdles to take possession of the animals, but it will be taking the names of people who want to adopt the dogs.