CENTERTON, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say more than four dozen poodles that were kept in a filthy single-wide mobile home have been seized after police found the animals during a drug raid in Centerton.
Two men were arrested on marijuana-related charges Thursday, but Benton County sheriff’s deputies told the Northwest Arkansas Times that they opted against an animal neglect charge and instead took away the poodles.
Investigators say the suspects ran a poodle-breeding operation out of the trailer.
Animal control officers said the dogs were sociable, but they had parasites, matted fur and unclipped nails.
One of the 51 dogs was left behind. Authorities say the gravely ill wife of one of the suspects wanted to keep the poodle and be buried with it after she dies.