More than 80 Great Danes were rescued from a suspected puppy mill in New Hampshire on Friday, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
Wolfeboro police served a warrant on a local property where they found 84 dogs being housed in “unsafe and unsanitary conditions.”
All the dogs were confiscated from the property.
Police say they had received a number of complaints regarding barking dogs on the property and began investigating in early May.
Rescuers found 84 Great Danes with limited access to food or water, “sliding on their own feces while walking and several had eyelids so swollen their eyes were red.”
"It's astonishing that such cruelty can occur, and I'm so relieved that these animals are now safe and in the hands of people who will provide proper care for them. We anticipate caring for them for several months,” HSUS New Hampshire director Lindsay Hamrick said.
The animals have been taken to an emergency shelter.