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Two arrested after raid on alleged puppy mill here

Two people were arrested Wednesday morning after a raid by Lamar sheriff’s investigators and agriculture officials on an alleged puppy mill here. UPDATE: Sheriff’s deputies secured the scene overnight and the search there is continuing this morning. Deputies planned to walk the entire 75 acres looking for further evidence. ******************** NOTICE: This story and photo are under copyright. They may not be republished or disseminated in any form – including social media – without explicit permission. ********************* The raid took place at property located at 900 Johnstonville Rd. known as Sweet Basil Kennels. A large kennel on the property held 32 dogs without food or water and 18 pigs, according to investigator Chad Payne. Nine dead pigs were located. Multiple dogs and pigs were wandering the property. Two dogs were seen eating one of the dead pigs. Sheriff Brad White and his team on the scene were trying to determine what to do with the dogs. Search warrants were being obtained for a large house on the property that is in disrepair along with multiple outbuildings. Sheriff White identified those arrested as David Matthews and Tisha Matthews who reside in the home. The raid came about after a local teacher called authorities reporting she had bought a sick puppy or puppies from the kennel, the sheriff said.

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