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Home Found Filled with Animals
WEST PRICE HILL, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) -- Cincinnati police officers with the SPCA have raided a shed and home on Gilsey Avenue.
They have removed 59 dogs, many in poor condition, and taken them to the animal shelter. It all started early Friday when police arrived at the home for a drug investigation not knowing there were dogs inside.
A person was found inside the home and was taken from the scene in a police car because of what was discovered. The shed had 42 dogs in it in small cages some with more than one dog. Another 17 dogs were taken from inside the house.
According to police some of the dogs were in very poor condition. They were transported to the animal shelter.
There were also a dozen rabbits found out in hutches in the back yard. Those rabbits were not taken from the property.
Lt. Chris Ruehmer, CPD Vice Unit Commander, said, "We're here, this is 1256 Gilsey Avenue, and we're here on a drug investigation. We had a search warrant to search the premises for cocaine and drug paraphernalia and when we executed the search warrant we found that there was a puppy mill in operation here."
No names have been released in relation to what was found and no charges have been filed.
It is to be determined whether it was actually a puppy mill found. The term "Puppy Mill" means the young dogs were being raised to be sold to pet stores or laboratories. At this point it is unclear what was going on other than the fact that there were a lot of dogs.
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