LAKE CITY, Mich. -

Dogs left outside with no protection from the outside elements and no access to clean drinking water, according to the Michigan Humane Society, have been rescued from an unlicensed breeding facility

The Michigan Humane Society Cruelty Investigation and Rescue Department said it provided assistance in the removal of more than 150 dogs from JRT John’s Jack Russell and Shiba Inu Kennel in Lake City, Michigan.

The Michigan Humane Society said the dogs were taken from two locations and that JRT is a large unlicensed breeding facility.

The dogs rescued were mostly Jack Russell terriers and Shiba Inus.

MHS said the dogs were taken because of violations of Michigan’s Dog Law. 

The removal was led by the Missaukee County Sheriff’s Office and the Roscommon County Animal Shelter.  The Michigan Humane Society and the The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals were among the agencies who assisted in the operation.

The investigation into JRT lasted more than a year.

Investigators said the kennels the dogs were kept in were in deplorable conditions, many of the dogs were found living outside with little protection from the changing weather elements.  Dogs also didn't have access to clean drinking water.

The Michigan Humane Society said such conditions are common at puppy mills, and large-scale breeding operations because profit is a bigger priority over the care of the animals.

Dogs that needed veterinary care were taken to a nearby temporary shelter.

Friday, 20 of the dogs were taken to the Michigan Humane Society's Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care for more evaluation, treatment and to be assessed for possible long term care.