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Dogs Said To Be Found In Unsanitary Conditions

September 2, 2009, 5:54 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Dogs Said To Be Found In Unsanitary Conditions
A major dog rescue removed nearly 200 dogs, said to be sick and neglected, from unsanitary conditions in Turner County. The Humane Society of the U.S. was on the scene with local officials to remove the dogs from the facility near Hurley.  They were then taken to the Turner County fairgrounds in Parker where they'll be housed and nursed back to health.

The Humane Society of the United States says they rescued 172 dogs from unsanitary conditions in Turner County. Second Chance Rescue says it started the investigation at a property near Hurley after it got a tip from someone who bought a dog from the breeder.

The dogs are now being kept at the Turner County Fairgrounds until the state's attorney processes all the evidence from this case.

The dogs are German Shorthair Pointers and Weimeriners bred to be hunting dogs. But according to the Humane Society of the United States, the conditions the dogs were found in were similar to a puppy mill.

"The dogs themselves are not in horrendous condition. We have veterinarian teams in there looking at them right now. We won't know for a couple days, when we have completed our evaluation on all of the dogs, what their medical conditions are but as far as the conditions we found them in, it doesn't get a whole lot worse than that," Scotlund Haisley with the Humane Society of the U.S. said.

The Humane Society of the United States says on a scale of one to ten, the conditions these dog were living in were a nine.

No charges have been filed, so names have not been released. Officials say the Turner County State's Attorney will take a look at the case Thursday.

According to the Humane Society, puppy mills are not illegal in South Dakota, but the conditions they were found in are.

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