Police seize more than 60 dogs, other animals from alleged puppy mill

SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Fulton County police seized dozens of dogs in what they're calling a puppy mill at a warehouse.

Sixty dogs were rescued along with 53 lizards and a rabbit, according to police.


Only Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez was there when authorities made the arrests. We've learned the dogs were abused, some with eye and skin infections.

"It was egregious seeing all those animals living in those inhumane conditions," said detective Jubal Rogers with the Fulton County Police Department.

Detectives told us Marcellus Alston and his female accomplice, Monic Harrish, have been charged with 37 counts of cruelty to animals and they could face other charges in the future.

Authorities said they found antibiotics and syringes at the breeding facility which was housed in the building zoned only for commercial space.

While detectives couldn't go into detail, they tell us they found evidence suggested other crimes were taking place at the warehouse.

"We also noticed criminal activity happening in the building," a detective told Jaquez.

The animals were taken to the Fulton County animal shelter where they will be evaluated.