FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – Dozens of dogs were rescued from a Florida puppy mill and many of them ended up at the Broward Humane Society.

Broward County has taken in 45 of the rescued dogs. The CBS station in West Palm Beach says Animal Control officials had been watching a puppy mill in Clewiston for a few weeks. Tuesday, authorities went in to take the dogs and discovered that the breeding facility had more than 250 dogs.

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“They’re whole purpose in life was to breed, create puppies, then they were either sold online or sent to pet stores all over South Florida,” said Cherie Wachter of the Broward Humane Society.

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Veterinarians will begin examining the dogs in the morning. They are in desperate need of baths, but volunteers say they do appear to be healthy.

Broward County officials say this new temporary home is very different from the puppy mill the dogs came from. They are now sitting in air-conditioned kennels and for the first time, are playing with toys.

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The Broward Humane Society hopes to have many of these puppies available for adoption this weekend.