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Former owner of 150 dogs says she doesn't run 'puppy mill'

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Some of the puppies brought to Greenville Co. Animal Care on Wednesday. (July 17, 2013/FOX Carolina) Some of the puppies brought to Greenville Co. Animal Care on Wednesday. (July 17, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

By most indications, the dogs rescued Wednesday from an alleged puppy mill in Taylors are full of life.

About 150 canines in all were brought to Greenville County Animal Care - everything from the smallest breeds to the youngest pups.

"A lot of them did have a lot of fleas ... and intestinal worms," said Susan Bufano with Animal Care.

To Lindsay Lindstrom, those dogs were her life up until Wednesday, when they were seized from her home.

"I can tell you the name of every one of them," Lindstrom said. "They came to me, they loved me. It was really fun taking care of them, but it was a lot of hard work."

Lindstrom admits she had too many dogs, saying, "I actually had an ad out to get rid of the older dogs."

But she said she didn't run a puppy mill. She said she bred the dogs, fed them, kept them up to date on shots and sold them to supplement her Social Security.

"Of course I'm upset, but I do have the faith to know that things happen for a reason," Lindstrom said.

Authorities said Lindstrom now faces eight citations relating to the alleged puppy mill - among them, cruelty to animals.

As for the dogs, Greenville County Animal Care said they now have their hands full for the second time in a month, after another alleged puppy mill discovery in late June.

"It's distressing just because of the impact on the whole shelter to try to move and make room for that many, and cause another overcrowding situation," Bufano said.

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