Online ad “red flag” to alleged puppy mill in Stokes Co.

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STOKES COUNTY, N.C. -- The woman whose phone call led to a raid on an alleged puppy mill in Stokes County last week said a red flag went up when she saw an online ad offering three Yorkies for $600.

Robin Manley said the ad was posted by Lucille Mabe, owner of Dan River Bullies in Danbury.

Manley said Yorkies can sell for much more than that, so she went to Dan River Bullies herself.

"I just really felt like something was really bad there. I could smell--I could see how the property was in disrepair. To me it looked dogbroken, like with a lot of animals coming through," Manley said.

Manley took pictures and purchased four dogs: three Yorkies and Shih Tzu. She alerted the Humane Society, as she said the dogs she bought had all sorts of medical issues. One, Manley said, even had its ear glued on backward.

"I wish I could tell you I'm surprised, but I'm not," Manley said.

The puppies still need a lot of medical attention, but Manley said the three Yorkies have already been adopted. She hopes the Shih Tzu will be adopted soon.

If you want to adopt the Shih Tzu, call Manley at (336) 414-1373.

Mabe could face multiple animal cruelty charges.