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More than 50 dogs seized from breeding facility available for adoption

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OSCODA COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

More than 50 dogs seized from an alleged puppy mill in Oscoda County are now available for adoption.

The animals were taken from an unlicensed breeding facility in Mio in December, and over the past two months have been receiving medical treatment and behavioral assessments to prepare them for adoption.

Authorities received complaints of abuse and neglect against the dogs at the facility and started an investigation.

“The dogs – ranging from English Bull Dogs to Schnauzers – were discovered living in small wire cages stacked in a crowded, filthy basement and in ramshackle outdoor pens,” ASPCA said in a press release.

ASPCA believes the facility was a puppy mill.

“These dogs were living a very sad existence,” said Tim Rickey, vice president of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “While the puppies at breeding facilities are sold for profit, their parents are often kept there for years, subjected to incessant breeding and typically lacking routine veterinary care and basic socialization, resulting in a very poor quality of life.”

The dogs range in age from a few months, to 10-years-old, and are available at the Roscommon County Animal Shelter.

 “We’re thrilled to finally get these dogs into homes,” said Terry MacKillop, director of Roscommon County Animal Shelter. “We ask that those interested in adopting have an open mind. Most of the dogs are not puppies, but the parents who were used for breeding and kept at the mill for years. They’ve suffered a great deal and are ready to finally be pets”.

Those interested in adoption should call the Roscommon County Animal shelter at (989) 366-0260.

All interested adopters will be asked to fill out an adoption application before coming to the shelter. Once applications are reviewed, the shelter will contact applicants to schedule appointments to discuss their home environments as well as their capability to care for the animal, particularly if it has special needs.

Four family members, Bradford Quick, Pennie Quick, Noralea Quick and Danielle Quick were charged with cruelty or abandonment of 10 or more animals.

>>Slideshow: Some of the dogs up for adoption<<

>>Slideshow: Oscoda County puppy mill seizure<<

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