50 Dogs Rescued From Puppy Mill, Sheriff Says

Kankakee County, IL–(ENEWSPF)–

From the Chicago Tribune:

More than 50 dogs being sold online despite a myriad of health problems were rescued today by authorities during a week-long undercover investigation in Kankakee County.

The dogs–ranging in age from 7 weeks to 10 years–were being sold online and in newspapers for $300 to $600, depending on their age and condition, authorities said today.

The breeds included maltipoos, Yorkshire terriers, pugs and others.

A search warrant was executed this morning at a puppy mill in rural Kankakee County by investigators with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department’s animal crimes unit and the Illinois state police, authorities said.

They said the law enforcement agencies learned about the puppy mill from employees with the South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights.

"Sheriff’s investigators were able to secure the out-of-county warrant because the Cook County state’s attorney’s office recognized the emergency situation and the need to quickly get the animals out of their environment," Sheriff Tom Dart said today in a news release.