A search warrant was served at a location in Wyandot County on Thursday.
According to a release from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, the search warrant followed an investigation of neglect/cruelty to animals at a puppy mill being operated at 5046 State Highway 53 North, Upper Sandusky.
Officials found 150 dogs at the location.
One of the dogs was deceased.
Due to the living conditions in which the dogs were exposed, 149 dogs were removed and placed with the Humane Society of Wyandot County, which is in the process of evaluating the dogs and providing appropriate care.
The owners of the facility are Orville and Debbra Alabaugh of Tiffin Ohio.
The Alabaugh’s face potential criminal prosecution, as well as charges through the State of Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Assisting the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation was the Upper Sandusky Police Department, State of Ohio Department of Agriculture, Wyandot County Dog Warden, Wyandot County Health Department, Wyandot County E.M.A and the Wyandot County Prosecutor’s Office.
A very special thank you goes to Kristen Montgomery, D.V.M, Animal Clinic of upper Sandusky, and the Humane Society of Wyandot County, who were,and continue to assist with the evaluation and humane treatment of the seized animals.
The matter will be referred to the Wyandot County Prosecutor’s Office and/or the Upper Sandusky Municipal Court for appropriate charges.