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Officers investigate illegal puppy mill

By Bobby Shuttleworth - bio | email

ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - Officials are investigating an illegal puppy mill where more than two dozen dead dogs were stored in a freezer.

Limestone County Sheriff's Investigator Eric King talked to suspect Nannie Johnson late Monday afternoon.

"I'd asked her about the number of dogs in the freezer, she said she hadn't had time to bury them," said King.

King said he also asked her why so many dogs died.

"She said, 'yea, something's wrong with it. The devil's killing them,'" King said.

King said in addition to lots of dogs, Johnson had lots of dolls. (

King said Johnson also told him some of her behavior might be linked to health problems and medication.

He said that is under investigation.

Right now Johnson is facing serious jail time. 

"It's all misdemeanor charges," said King. "Each misdemeanor charge could carry up to a year in jail."

King said Johnson is facing up to 43 years in prison if convicted.

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