56 dogs rescued from suspected NC puppy mill receive medical treatment

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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Dozens of dogs were rescued and a man accusing of operating a puppy mill surrendered Thursday.

The dogs arrived safely at the Humane Society of Charlotte after being removed from three different homes in Rutherford County.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s office made the disturbing discovery Monday after receiving several anonymous tips.

But when they returned with a warrant, most of the dogs were gone. Investigators learned the owner had moved them to other areas of the county.

The dogs seized from all locations included English bulldog, Yorkie, cocker spaniel, French bulldog and shih tzu breeds.

“We saw dogs that are going to need eye removal. We have major ear infections, skin infections. There were some dogs that were so matted were not even sure what kind of dog they are,” said Kim Alboum with North Carolina Humane Society.

Because of the dogs’ conditions, it may be weeks or months before they are adopted out.

The Humane Society of Charlotte provided veterinarians and volunteers to help with the animals, but the medical costs are expected to run in the thousands of dollars.

The Humane Society is hoping lawmakers will consider an amendment to the current budget that would regulate commercial dog breeders.

The Humane Society 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. Anyone wishing to report a tip is encouraged to call 1-877-MILL-TIP or submit a tip form. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Source: WSOC


  • jshemi

    how can we help to put a stop to these horrible people and their puppy mills? Lawmakers please consider legislation! There is too much of this going on in the state.

    • anom

      get on email list for humane society of us out of raleigh…and go to raleigh when they are lobbying to get this bill pass. it’s been over 4 years and they finally had to rewrite the orginal bill SB-460, which means we’ve had to start over!! when your area has an abuse case come up get a group to go out and let it be know that these judges have to enforce Suzie’s Law TOO!!

  • DS

    They only way to stop them is if people will stop buying puppies from pet stores or from online breeders they no nothing about!

  • looky

    These stories in N.C. have become a weekly item ! The famous animal abuse laws are like the criminal laws unenforced !!

  • Carrie Fischer

    I am sick of reading these types of articles regarding innocent abused animals. The types of people that run these things are only in it for the $ they can line their pockets with having total disregard for the animals. Stiff fines and jail time need to be implemented nationwide to end this horrific dilemma. Animals don’t have a voice to tell others what is happening to them. It takes the lowest kind of person to target a sweet, vulnerable animal to use it for their financial gain while not caring for it properly. When I was looking for a boarding kennel for my dog, I hired someone who ran a boarding kennel out of their home while I traveled overseas. I was horrified when I showed up unexpectedly to pick him up to find his water bowl dirty with leaves in it. He was being fed cat food instead of the food I left for him, and his bedding was all wadded up and wet from the rain. Enough is enough. This needs to end permanently.

  • AngelFire Roberts

    I am not a violent person, but when I see stories like this on the news, it makes me want to do very bad things to people who treat God’s creatures in such a way. Makes me wonder who really is the animal.

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