CROWN POINT, Ind. (WPVI) -- Adoptions are now open for more than 20 dogs who were rescued from an alleged puppy mill in northwest Indiana four months ago.
WLS-TV reports, Lake County Indiana Animal Control and Adoption began accepting adoption applications this week for American bulldogs, French bulldogs, Leonberger/Sarplaninacs and an English bulldog. However, adoptions are limited to residents within a 50 mile radius of the shelter.
The dogs have been cared for by the shelter since May 3, when Lake County Sheriff's deputies raided Stevce Rajcinoski's property and rescued 68 dogs being kept in deplorable conditions in a barn.
Rajcinoski faces charges of animal mutilation, animal neglect and practicing veterinary medicine without a license.
Sheriff John Buncich said some of the dogs had never seen daylight. They were kept in a barn that he described as "filthy."
"Very sick individual, he doesn't have a license that we could find," said Buncich.
The deputies who rescued the dogs also found scalpels and other surgical equipment. Authorities said C-sections were performed on at least 11 of the dogs.
Dog carcasses were found buried behind the building, authorities said.
For more information on the shelter's adoption process, click here.
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