MADISON COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – Nearly 200 puppies and dogs were rescued from a suspected puppy mill in Arkansas.

5NEWS reports the Humane Society of the United States and the Madison County Sheriff's Office rescued the dogs and puppies Thursday from a property near Elkins.

The owner, Joyce Johnson, surrendered the animals to the sheriff's office and is facing two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. She is said to have been booked on the charges and released on her own recognizance.

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Officials said the dogs were transported to the Saline County Humane Society, where they are being examined and will receive immediate medical treatment. Other groups that assisted in the rescue include the Madison County pet shelter, Animal League of Washington County and Jones Mobile Veterinary Service.

5NEWS reported that five dogs were found dead during the raid.

The HSUS has established a reward program to offer up to $5,000 to anyone who provides any information leading to the arrest and conviction of a puppy mill operator for animal cruelty. Persons wishing to report a valid tip are encouraged to call 1-877-MILL-TIP and will remain anonymous.

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