Forty-eight Labrador Retrievers were rescued recently from an alleged puppy mill in western Wisconsin, according to a statement from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office arrested the owner, who faces charges of animal mistreatment and is accused of failing to adequately provide food and shelter for the animals.
News reports indicated that several dead dogs also were found on the property in Elmwood, Wisconsin.
Thirteen puppies and 35 adult dogs were taken to the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley for medical treatment, according to the ASPCA.
A criminal investigation is ongoing.