ST. HELENS, Ore. -- More than 100 dogs living in appalling conditions were rescued from a puppy mill in Columbia County Wednesday, according to the Oregon Humane Society.
The dogs, which included 35 Akitas, along with dachshunds, terriers and poodles, were taken to an emergency shelter where OHS staff and medical team were treating them, OHS officials said.
Columbia County sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant on the property Wednesday after the breeding operation was under investigation for failing to care for its animals, including providing adequate shelter and potable water.
A recent inspection by Columbia County Animal Control found fecal matter and urine throughout the kennels. In one building used to house dogs, an inspector found no open windows or ventilation with dog poop piled up and urine saturating the floors, OHS officials said.
“We undertook today’s rescue operation to stop the suffering of these animals,” said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon in a press release. “The dogs at this breeding facility were living in shocking conditions.”
The puppy mill is so expansive that OHS said it didn’t expect the rescue to be completed until late Wednesday evening.
The dogs will not be available for adoption because they must be held as evidence in a potential legal case against the owner of the puppy mill. The owner could case multiple charges, OHS officials said.