South Florida Puppy Mill Shut Down

CLEWISTON, Fla. (AP) — Nearly 100 dogs were seized from what authorities call an unlicensed dog breeding facility in southwest Florida.

The owners of the Clewiston facility were arrested Monday, each on one count of animal cruelty.

A team from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals assisted the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office with removing the dogs, which were being sold to pet stores in Miami-Dade County.

According to an ASPCA news release, the dogs lived in crowded, filthy pens and suffered from various medical problems.

County jail records show that both 46-year-old Beatriz Perez and 47-year-old Alexei Fernandez have been released on bond. It wasn’t known if they had an attorney.

The ASPCA will care for the dogs at a temporary shelter until their custody is decided by the court.