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Dozens of dead dogs found in woman's freezer

ELKMONT, AL - Limestone County authorities said an Elkmont woman was operating a puppy mill and keeping dead dogs in her freezer.

Sheriff's Department investigator Eric King said 63-year-old Nannie Johnson was charged with 43 counts of cruelty to animals after 43 dogs were found dead at her home on Friday.

King said one dog was dead in a kennel and the remainder were wrapped in plastic and stored in Johnson's freezer.

Officials say 29 dogs were found alive, but three have since died.

The surviving dogs are emaciated and suffer from parasites.

"She has, in the past, genuinely raised animals and has sold animals. I just don't know if she just became overwhelmed and unable to tend to the animals properly, but whatever the case it was pretty bizarre," said Stanley McNatt with the Sheriff's Department.

Johnson was being held at the Limestone County jail on $32,250 bond.

The surviving dogs were taken to the Dog Pound Animal Shelter in Athens. All of them need a good home.

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