More than 50 dogs, 6 cats rescued from suspected NC puppy mill

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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — More than 50 dogs and six cats were rescued from a suspected puppy mill in Rutherford County, according to WSOC-TV.

Investigators said they found a woman who was charged in 2002 with animal cruelty was selling the dogs online through various websites.

Authorities said they became concerned after they responded to a complaint and found animals living in filth and suffering from a lack of basic care.

Rescuers found a variety of small breed dogs and puppies living in deplorable conditions and suffering from a multitude of untreated medical conditions.

Many of the animals were suffering with matted fur, skin, eye and ear infections, and were living in feces.

“The dogs were forced to live in an egregarious environment where profit was put above the welfare of animals,” said North Carolina state director for the HSUS Kim Alboum. “We’re thankful to Rutherford County Animal Control for catching up to this repeat offender and that we were able to help these animals.”

“It’s frustrating to see these animals living in such horrific conditions. We’re grateful to the team here today and for the care these animals will receive moving forward,” said Lt. Leon Godlock.

Twenty three of the dogs will be transported to the Humane Society in Charlotte. The rest will be brought to other area shelters.

There are no specific North Carolina laws to protect dogs sold directly to the public or online by commercial breeding facilities.