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33 caged dogs rescued from filthy SoCal puppy mill barn

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Animal cages from an old zoo. The 33 dogs rescued on Wednesday from a puppy mill were found inside small collapsible crates inside a dark barn.

Officials from the Humane Society and SPCA rescued more than 30 caged dogs of different breeds, some pregnant, from an Ontario-Upland area puppy mill on Wednesday.

The dogs -- Shih Tzus, Yorkshire terriers, Pekingese, poodles, basset hounds, Chihuahuas, a husky and others -- were discovered standing in cages of their own feces and urine, said animal control officials.

Ranging in age from 3-weeks-old to 5-years-old, the animals were found without water, in small collapsible kennels, located in a barn without light or proper ventilation, according to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.

45-year-old Luis Reynoso and 42-year-old Flor Sanchez will be charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Puppy sales were the primary source of income for the pair, and they were selling the animals for $100 each, say investigators.