RANDOLPH COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Humane Society of the United States Friday started rehabilitating several animals seized in a rescue at an alleged puppy mill in Randolph County. Investigators also continued looking into the case Friday.
The Randolph County Sheriff's Office is investigating an animal cruelty case and the HSUS seized 46 dogs, 8 chickens, and 3 cats from a home at the intersection of Brakebill Road and Warm Springs Road in rural Randolph County.
The sheriff's office served a search warrant on the property and discovered several Great Pyrenees dogs and other animals. The humane society said the dogs "were being housed in appalling conditions, most without access to clean water or food."
According to the release, many of the dogs were found outside in freezing temperatures while others were located inside the home with feces.
At least one dog was emaciated and matted to where it could not walk.
"These animals were forced to live in freezing temperatures," said Dale Bartlett, policy manager for the Humane Society of the United Stated. "Some dogs literally had icicles hanging off of them."
The Randolph County Humane Society assisted in the rescue.
According to a news release from the humane society, the owner of the suspected puppy mill was previously convicted of animal cruelty in 2013.
Sheriff Gary Tribble said the investigation into the alleged puppy mill is ongoing and investigators will hand their findings over to the prosecutor, who will determine what charges will be filed against the owner.
The animals were to the Humane Society of Saline County for examination and medical treatment.