Nearly 50 dogs seized from Western Wisconsin puppy mill

The Pierce Co. Sheriff’s Office, with help from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Animal Humane Society, seized 48 dogs from a substandard, unlicensed breeding facility Friday in Elmwood, Wis.

The sheriff’s office executed a search warrant Friday morning and the owner of the facility was booked in the Pierce Co. jail for mistreatment of animals, not providing proper food to confined animals and improper sheltering.

The 35 adults and 13 puppies, all yellow Labradors, were found living indoors in small, filthy travel crates, with no access to food or water.

Authorities also found numerous dead animals on the property.

“Large scale animal cruelty cases are not something we encounter often here in Pierce Co.,” said Sheriff Nancy Hove in a news release.

“This case started with a complaint from a concerned citizen who was appalled by the conditions these animals were exposed to.”

The dogs have been transported to Humane Society in Golden Valley, Minn. where they are receiving urgent medical treatment.