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50 dogs rescued from suspected puppy mill in Rutherford County

More than 50 dogs are receiving medical attention after a bust at a suspected puppy mill in Rutherford County. <span class=meta>(WTVD Photo/ Humane Society)</span>
Thursday, June 12, 2014
More than 50 dogs, including English bulldog, yorkie, cocker spaniels, French bulldog and shitzu breeds, are receiving medical attention after a bust at a suspected puppy mill in Rutherford County.

On Monday, the Rutherford County Sheriff's office made the disturbing discovery after receiving several anonymous tips.

Two days later, deputies were able to execute a search warrant and rescue the animals.

The Humane Society says the medical care the dogs need will cost thousands of dollars.

Some of the animals are in such bad shape that veterinarians couldn't locate some of their body parts.

Once the sheriff's office receives all of the vet reports, investigators will meet with the district attorney's office to determine what charges should be filed.

The Humane Society has established a reward program to offer up to $5,000 to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of a puppy mill operator for animal cruelty. Anyone wishing to report a tip is encouraged to call 1-877-MILL-TIP or submit a tip form. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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