PENDER COUNTY, N.C. -- Dozens of animals were rescued from a puppy mill in Pender County Wednesday following a complaint about a sick puppy.
The Humane Society of the United States, SPCA of Wake County, Guilford County Animal Shelter and North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association rescued nearly 80 dogs and other animals after finding large and small-breed dogs and puppies suffering from untreated medical conditions.
Officials said dogs were living outside in wire chicken coops and in a dirty breezeway.
They also found chickens, three calves, a horse and a goat at the property.
Authorities said the owner agreed to surrender the animals.
Marsha Williams with the Guilford County Animal Shelter said each animal will get a full examination on Thursday morning.
"[The animals] definitely need to be groomed, we saw some tumors, some deformities, a lot
of different issues with the dogs" Williams said.
Williams said the animals should be available for adoption in about two weeks.
This is 14th rescue that The HSUS has handled in North Carolina since June 2010.
There is no specific law in North Carolina to protect dogs from being sold directly to the public or online by commercial breeding facilities.
WTVD also contributed to this report.