Nearly 250 Dogs Seized in East Texas

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GLADEWATER, Texas (AP) - Concerns over an alleged puppy mill and mistreatment of animals led to the rescue of nearly 250 dogs in Upshur County.

The owner of the property near Gladewater, 51-year-old Teresa Dawson, has been charged with felony cruelty to animals.

Sheriff Anthony Betterton says Dawson could face more charges over what he calls the largest puppy mill he's dealt with in 25 years.

Officials say the dogs were living in squalid conditions. Many were emaciated when they were rescued yesterday.

The dogs will be transported to the SPCA's branch in McKinney, where vets will evaluate the animals and put them up for adoption on a case-by-case basis.