Ferndale man faces puppy mill charges

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FERNDALE, Wash. (AP) -- A Ferndale man is facing more than 100 criminal charges after nearly 50 dogs were removed from his care by the Whatcom Humane Society.

KOMO-TV (http://is.gd/nAcZAJ ) reports the Humane Society says 48 miniature Australian Shepherd dogs were living in squalid and inhumane conditions in a locked barn behind Kenneth Cassells' barn. Neighbors in the quiet, rural area complained about the noise.

Late last week, Cassell was cited for 21 counts of second degree animal cruelty, 42 counts of failure to provide legal space and 40 counts of failure to provide water.

The rescued dogs were taken to the Whatcom Humane Society. Some of them were pregnant, so the number of dogs has now jumped to 58.

Cassell is scheduled to make an appearance in Whatcom District Court on April 27.

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Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/