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Mercer County Puppy Mill Owner Found Guilty

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A Mercer County Judge has found a man guilty of animal cruelty and inhumane animal care charges.

Sheriff's deputies arrested Rick Bonjour at his home in early January of 2012. They say he was selling dogs online and were tipped off by a customer.

Mercer County Animal Control rescued nearly 40 puppies from the home, most of them living in cages in their own filth.

"When you first walk up to a residence like that you don't see it, you smell it," Animal Control Officer Chris Brewer said at the time, "The stench, it's not ammonia, it's not feces, its not anything you can actually describe, just a horrendous stench."

Officials say it's one of the biggest cases of animal abuse Mercer County has ever seen.

Bonjour was ordered to pay $4,000 in veterinary bills and not breed any animals. 30 days in jail was stayed pending compliance.