WASHINGTON (WUSA) - Tuesday, staff members from The Washington Animal Rescue League are traveling to a temporary animal shelter in Columbia, South Carolina to bring back 23 dogs for care.

Officials say the dogs were rescued from an Edgefield County puppy mill along with approximately 225 other animals by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The dogs, nine horses, and about 40 fowl were living in "deplorable conditions," say officials. Nursing mothers and puppies were reportedly kept in dirty rabbit hutches or pens. Others were just running loose.

Police started investigating after complaints. Officials say the owner was selling puppies online.

WARL will pick up breeds ranging from Maltese, terriers, beagles, boxers, Labs and huskies. Many of them are suffering from eye infections, skin irritations, dental problems and lack of socialization, according to officials. The dogs will be treated at the Oglethorpe Street, NW location in D.C. Officials say the dogs will undergo medical and behavioral assessment for several days.

WARL's adoption staff will then determine when the dogs will be available for adoption.

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