Rescue group: Tonopah puppy mill was a problem months ago

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TONOPAH, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

More than 100 dogs rescued from a small, filthy house in Tonopah need new homes.

[READ: Some dogs rescued from home to be given to veterans]

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office busted what it’s calling a puppy mill, and now there is a scramble to get all the dogs the help they need.

The majority of the 129 dogs rescued Tuesday night are pugs. A pug rescue group, Arizona Pug Adoption and Rescue Network, is going to take at least 50 of the animals to help ease the burden on MCSO’s MASH unit.

[READ: Puppy mill discovered on property in Tonopah]

APARN leader Terri Wood said it’s the second time her group has been in this situation. Back in August, APARN said it took 22 dogs surrendered by the same breeders, who claimed at that time to be getting out of the dog breeding business. 

Considering the serious trouble the Tonopah breeders are facing following Tuesday night’s bust, Wood believes the breeders were just passing off the dogs they could no longer care for.

“Hopefully these little doggies aren't in as bad a shape as the ones we got in August because they were in really, really bad condition - horribly socialized.  We have still a few that have not been able to go up for adoption because they are terrified of people,” Wood said. 

The MCSO MASH unit will also have many of the dogs, providing veterinary care and hoping to get some of the dogs up for adoption within a week. 

MCSO has recommended charges against the man and woman who were running the alleged puppy mill. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case (a previous version of this story incorrectly stated "The Maricopa County Attorney's office is *not* reviewing the case"). 

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