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LOCKPORT – A woman accused of operating a puppy mill in her Town of Lockport home was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of cruelty to animals, all misdemeanors, when she was arraigned Tuesday evening in Lockport Town Court.

Town Justice Raymond E. Schilling released Ellouise Magrum, 50, of Royal Parkway South, on her own recognizance and ordered her to return to court Feb. 21.

Sixty-four Pomeranians were seized from Magrum’s home Saturday afternoon, after Niagara County sheriff’s deputies were called there on an unrelated juvenile issue. The SPCA of Niagara has taken ownership of the dogs.

Magrum also faces a number of town code violations, including operating a non-permitted business and having unsanitary conditions.