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Dozens of Animals Rescued from NWA Home

LINCOLN, Ark. -- A woman from Northwest Arkansas is facing dozens of animal cruelty charges after authorities seized more than 75 animals from her home. 

Police say it was a puppy mill. 

It was on property just outside of Lincoln on Highway 45 where multiple animals were seized by police including over 60 dogs. And those that have been inside the house where some of the animals were kept describe it as ungodly.

Debbie Cain, 62, was arrested amid an ongoing investigation into the alleged puppy mill.

Police officers and members of the Animal League of Washington County say those dogs were living in cages surrounded by their own urine and feces.

Carmen Nelson, Director of the Animal League describes the home as unbreathable.

She says not all the animals were inside the house, others were in other areas of the property.

Nelson says when police officers were out on the property just a few days ago, they did see some dead dogs.

The Animal League helps the Washington County Sheriff's Office on investigations like this and she says you never know what to expect.

"We have witnessed a few, in just handling them that some do have cataract. They've been obviously bred to death. Some very old, skin issues. Large mats on their body, their hair not ever being trimmed and sitting in their urine and feces."

Right now the animals are being taken to veterinarians to get checked out here in the area and they will be held as evidence until the suspect can go to court.

In addition to the dogs -- 8 goats and one pony were also taken from the property. 


(KFSM for CNN)


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