- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NEEDHAM, Ala. (AP) - Animal welfare officials say they’re helping a west Alabama sheriff’s office rescue more than 100 neglected dogs from a puppy mill.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals officials said in a statement Wednesday that the group is helping the Choctaw County Sheriff’s office seize dogs from a breeding operation in Needham.

Officials say many of the dogs were malnourished and suffering from several medical issues. The dogs will receive medical care before being sent to shelters.

Officials say the dogs were being held in shoddy kennels and the owners of the properties the dogs were found on have been arrested. ASPCA officials say investigators also found about $20,000 in cash and illegal drugs during the investigation. Court records don’t indicate that formal charges have been filed.

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