- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Horry County police say they have shut down a puppy mill after they seized more than 140 dogs from a home in Conway.

Lt. Raul Denis told local reporters that the dogs were living in cages without proper food and water.

Denis said officers received a tip Wednesday about someone who had been breeding a large number of animals. He says it took about five hours to collect all the dogs.

They were taken to the Horry County Animal care Center in Conway. Denis says they will be cleaned, vaccinated, neutered or spayed and given heartworm tests before they are put up for adoption. He says that could take about a week.

Police say 49-year-old Renee James was cited for animal cruelty and given a $445 ticket.

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