RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — More than 50 dogs are being rescued from a suspected puppy mill in Rutherford County Thursday, according to the Humane Society.
Deputies reportedly found the dogs on three different properties in poor conditions and in need of medical care.
“This is the 20th rescue that the HSUS has assisted with in North Carolina since June 2011, said North Carolina state director Kim Alboum. “It’s time for North Carolina to enact stronger laws to protect dogs. While we are here rescuing dogs, there are thousands more in puppy mills that need the help of our state’s lawmakers.”
There are no specific North Carolina laws to protect dogs sold directly to the public or online by commercial breeding facilities, according to the press release.
The dogs are being safely transported from the property and will be thoroughly examined by teams of veterinarians. They will receive any necessary immediate medical treatment.
The HSUS has established a reward program to offer up to $5,000 to anyone who provides 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 or submit a tip form. These persons will remain anonymous.