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Wyandot County Humane Society ‘calling in all staff’ to help with 149 dogs rescued from puppy mill

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WYANDOT COUNTY, OH (TiffinOhio.net News) — The Wyandot County Humane Society has announced that it will be closed on Saturday following a large scale rescue operation from a suspected puppy mill just outside of Tiffin on SR 53.

“Due to the large scale emergency rescue, the shelter will be closed for adoptions on Saturday August 3 2019. We will remain open for surrenders as always. Thank you for your patience,” a statement from the organization said.

A source tells TiffinOhio.net News that “all staff are being called in” to assist with the massive intake.

The Seneca County Humane Society has announced it will be holding a donation drive for Wyandot.

They are accepting these items, which can be dropped off at the Seneca County Humane Society, 2811 OH-100, Tiffin, and will be transported to the Wyandot County Humane Society:

  • Bleach
  • Laundry Soap
  • Dog Food (Brand doesn’t matter)
  • Puppy Food (Brand doesn’t matter)
  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • General Cleaning Supplies
  • Toys
  • Small size collars
  • Leashes

The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office says a Tiffin man and woman are facing possible criminal prosecution and charges after a search warrant unveiled a suspected puppy mill on Thursday.

The sheriff’s office says a search warrant was signed for them to enter the puppy mill at 5046 State Highway 53, where they found 150 dogs in total — one of them deceased and 149 removed and homed at the Humane Society of Wyandot County.

Orville Alabaugh and Debbra Alabaugh, both of Tiffin, own the puppy mill, according to the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office. They say the couple could face potential criminal prosecution and charges through the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Assisting the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation was the Upper Sandusky Police Department, State of Ohio Department of Agriculture, Wyandot County Dog Warden, Wyandot County Health Department, Wyandot County E.M.A and the Wyandot County Prosecutor’s Office.

“A very special thank you goes to Kristen Montgomery, D.V.M, Animal Clinic of Upper Sandusky, and the Humane Society of Wyandot County, who were, and continue to assist with the evaluation and humane treatment of the seized animals,” a press release from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office stated.

The matter will be referred to the Wyandot County Prosecutor’s Office and/or the Upper Sandusky Municipal Court for appropriate charges.

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