Illegal kennel and puppy mill in Chouteau shut down by deputies

Dozens of Huskies rescued from puppy mill in Wagoner County

CHOUTEAU — Wagoner County deputies shut down an illegal kennel and puppy mill in Choteau Wednesday.

Deputies found 65 huskies living in makeshift cages walking around in their own feces.

Wagoner Co. deputies shut down an illegal kennel and puppy mill in Chouteau on April 29.
Wagoner Co. deputies shut down an illegal kennel and puppy mill in Chouteau on April 29. (Wagoner County Sheriff's Office)
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Deputies were tipped off about the operation over the weekend when a dog rescuer tried to talk to the owner, Brian Kuhse about a prior animal cruelty case. Investigators say Kuhse was charged October after they found 70 dogs in “repulsive conditions.”

Workers with Husky Halfway House in Eufaula, Heartland Husky Rescue out of Oklahoma City, Chasing Miracles Animal Rescue in Stigler and BARC Rescue in Broken Arrow helped to remove the dogs and will provide the veterinary care they will need before adopting them to qualified homes.

Kuhse now faces multiple charges of animal cruelty and neglect.

The dogs are at the Husky Halfway House in Eufaula.