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Authorities seize 200 dogs from Shelby County 'puppy mill'

SHELBY COUNTY — Shelby County Sheriff's deputies and animal rescue workers seized about 200 dogs from a Maplewood area home where they were housed in kennels that authorities say were unfit for animals.

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Ohio SPCA members catalog the condition of a dog for evidence against a puppy mill located at 8350 Tawawa-Maplewood Rd. in near Maplewood . The puppy mill was raided with a search warrant at 8 a.m. Saturday by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department after receiving previous complaints.  (AP Photo/Sidney Daily News, Luke Gronneberg)

 Deputies seized the animals Saturday after an investigation into what Sheriff John Lenhart says were complaints of animal cruelty.

The suspects in the puppy mill located at 8350 Tawawa-Maplewood Rd., Maplewood, are Dave and Rhonda Auton and their son, Adam Auton.

The home's owners operate Pedigree Pets, a pet business at the residence.

The county's dog warden, a veterinarian and representatives from the American Kennel Club and the Ohio Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals helped remove the dogs of various breeds. They say the animals are in poor health and will be checked out medically and housed.

A sheriff's dispatcher could not confirm whether charges had been filed.

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