Owners of suspected puppy mill charged with animal cruelty

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STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — The owners of a suspected puppy mill in Stokes County face more than 50 total counts of animal cruelty.

Lucille and Willis Mabe were charged with 27 counts each of misdemeanor animal cruelty, Stokes County Animal Control officials said Thursday. They are scheduled to meet with the district attorney March 1, when they will be served.

The Mabes own Dan River Bullies, located at 1560 Bob Mabe Road in Danbury. More than 150 dogs were seized from the property in a raid Feb. 7.

Officials with the Humane Society of the United States said the dogs lived on top of each other, and food was thrown on the floor next to their feces.

A person at the raid described the scene as “heartbreaking” and said it may be the worst they’ve seen in North Carolina.

The Guilford County Animal Shelter took in 130 of the animals. Director Marsha Williams said the animals had multiple problems, including eye, skin, and teeth infections.

The site Danriverbullies.com was taken down shortly after the raid, but it listed several breeds for sale, including bulldogs, English Bull pups, French Bull pups and Shih Tzu pups. Prices for some of the dogs were in the thousands of dollars.

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