The Oregon Humane Society is removing more than 100 dogs from a Columbia County puppy mill.
The Humane Society said Wednesday the owners of the operation on Karr Road in Rainier, OR are under investigation for possible animal neglect for allegedly failing to provide minimum care for the animals, including adequate shelter and potable water.
A recent inspection by Columbia County animal control workers documented unsanitary conditions, including large amounts of animal waste throughout the kennels. In one outbuilding used to house dogs, an inspector said there were no open windows or ventilation.
The dogs include 35 Akitas, many dachshunds and other small dog mixes including terriers and poodles, ranging from puppies to adult dogs.
Because of the large size of the breeding operation, the rescue operation was expected to last all day into the evening hours Wednesday.
The dogs were taken to an emergency animal shelter set up by the Oregon Humane Society, where they received medical care. Columbia Humane Society will be taking 16 to 20 of the Akitas to their facility in St. Helens.
The seized dogs are not yet available for adoption. They must be held as evidence in a potential legal case against the owner, according to the Oregon Humane Society.
Humane Society workers said 21 horses were also removed from the property and taken to Sound Equine Options in Gresham.
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