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Sheriff suggests charges in suspected puppy mill

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DIBBLE, Okla. — Over the weekend, images of dogs found locked inside a barn full of filth caused an uproar on our website. McClain County officials brought in the Central Oklahoma Humane Society to help rescue about 30 dogs and puppies from a property in Dibble on Friday.

Now we know the Sheriff’s Office in McClain County recommended charges be filed in the case.

It turns out, the woman they name is the same woman neighbors in Cleveland County have been complaining about for years.

McClain County Sheriff Don Hewett says, “We filed 29 counts of animal cruelty on a Toni Chester who lives here in Purcell and also 29 charges of animal cruelty to a Richard Boyd from Midwest City.”

Barbara Mullikin lives in Cleveland County and knows the name Toni Chester.

She says, “We’ve been dealing with her for three years. Same exact thing. That’s what she does. She goes from here to a different county, sets up a little barn, stays in it, leaves them for weeks at a time. Just like she did here.”

Sheriff Hewett says, “We’re not going to tolerate this in McClain County. We will not tolerate it.”

That makes Mullikin happy.

She says, “I’m glad and I am thankful for those dogs. I really truly am. I can’t praise McClain County enough. I truly cannot.”

She wants the law to go one step further and help her clean up the mess left at Chester’s property in Cleveland County as well.