HELENA — Jefferson County authorities say they have seized 140 dogs and more than 200 marijuana plants from a man's home south of Jefferson City.
County Attorney Matthew Johnson says Mike Chilinski appeared in Justice Court Thursday on a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals and three felony drug charges, with more charges expected to follow.
Authorities say a man and woman reported Chilinski to authorities when they went to Chilinski's house in September to buy a Malamute puppy and were horrified by the conditions.
The Humane Society says the dogs were living in pens encrusted with feces and with little or no water. The organization says many of the dogs are underweight and suffer from parasites and untreated wounds.
The dogs have been transported to the Lewis and Clark Humane Society.