EL RENO — A woman accused of running a puppy mill was arrested on 33 counts of animal cruelty, Canadian County authorities said.
The Canadian County Sheriff's Department found a deteriorating dog kennel that housed a variety of dogs suffering from neglect March 25, according to a statement. Deputies were called to the kennel after receiving a complaint about a “puppy mill” in operation east of El Reno on Evans Road, according to a statement.
Authorities discovered three decaying dog carcasses among the 33 living dogs and puppies at the kennel, authorities said.
“These dogs were living in absolute filth,” Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards said in a statement. “Not only were the dog runs and kennels in disarray, but there was rodent feces everywhere, algae growing in the water bowls and most of the dogs possessed matted hair that resembled quilts hanging from their bodies.”
The dogs' rescuers discovered one puppy was matted into its mother's hair when they tried to pick the animal up.
Deputies, with the help of El Reno Animal Control, rescued 24 dogs and nine puppies from the residence, authorities said.
Marla S. Satterfield, 62, of El Reno, was arrested April 30 and taken to Canadian County jail.
Three rescue groups aided the surviving animals: The Bella Foundation, Pet Angels Rescue and Pets and People, authorities said.
Satterfield bonded out of jail May 1, authorities said.