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Police Discover Suspected Illegal Breeding Operation In Olney

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police have uncovered a large illegal breeding operation in Olney.

Police executed a warrant late Thursday at the home on the 4800 block of N. 8th Street in the Olney section of the city, where they discovered eighteen adult dogs and eight puppies. The dogs were removed from the house and included pit bulls, a German Shepherd and a bulldog. Some of them needed medical attention, including an eight-month-old puppy with an untreated broken jaw requiring surgery.

The suspects, James Hines, 48, and Denekei Lawson, 39, were under investigation for the past five months, according to George Bengal, the director of Humane Law Enforcement.

The suspects were not at home when the warrant was executed. They will be charged with animal cruelty and operating an illegal breeding operation.

The dogs are not currently up for adoption, but Bengal says their goal is to get them all into loving homes in the future.

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