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Puppy mill in Kennewick called one of nation's largest

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Humane Society officials say the puppy mill raided in Kennewick this week is one of the nation's largest.

Detectives, deputies and about 50 specially trained volunteers from various animal rescue groups seized more than 400 dogs Wednesday. They're American Eskimo dogs of all ages, including newborns.

Benton County Sheriff Larry Taylor says the conditions at Ella Stewart's home were horrible.

He says the conditions were both shocking and heartbreaking to the veteran deputies involved in the raid.

Inga Gibson, State Director of the Human Society of the U.S., says the property is disgusting, "they're all kept in unacceptable conditions, shopping carts and just about every nook and cranny on the property."

The incident started about two weeks ago when Stewart was arrested for Second Degree Animal Cruelty after Benton County Deputies discovered the dogs.  

Taylor says all of the dogs will need some medical care and some will need extensive treatment.

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