300 dogs rescued from breeding operation

SHELBY, OH (WOIO) - 300 dogs living in their own feces were brought out of a Shelby, Ohio breeding operation that turned into hoarding.

"We are seeing a lot of chronic eye infections, ear infections, skin infections. They're infested with fleas." says Jennifer Colina with the Humane Society of the United States.

A family member tipped off officials about the horrible condition of the animals.  After taking one look at the injuries to the Shar Peis and Chihuahuas, Richland County officials began the massive effort to find the hundreds of dogs new homes.  They have to be treated for their injuries before they can be adopted.

One of the owners recently died of a heart attack. His wife is fighting stage 4 cancer.  She will not be charged.

Some of the dogs will be eventually brought to shelters in Cleveland and Toledo.

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