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Humane Society rescues more than 50 dogs from Rutherford suspected puppy mill

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The Humane Society of the United States helped to rescue more than 50 dogs on Thursday from a Rutherford suspected puppy mill reported North Carolina has no laws governing the sale of pets from commercial breeding facilities either in public or online. Considered one of the best states to be a commercial breeder of dogs, this makes the 20th puppy mill raid in the state for the HSUS in the last three years.

The dogs seized were Yorkshire terriers, cocker spaniels, Shih tzus, and French bulldogs; the dogs were found in poor condition on three different properties according to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.

The HSUS state director, Kim Alboum, who has been present in so many of these suspected animal seizures where dogs and puppies are forced to live in egregious conditions, stated in a written release:

“It’s time for North Carolina to enact stronger laws to protect dogs. While we are here rescuing dogs, there are thousands more in puppy mills that need the help of our state’s lawmakers."

In March, the Duplin County Animal Control in North Carolina also seized 50 large and small breed dogs and puppies from a puppy mill. The cages were full of feces and urine; there was little food and water. Most of the dogs needed veterinary care for the neglected conditions.

In January, 17 chihuahuas, dachshunds, poodles and a border collie were rescued by the Humane Society of Charlotte from another suspected puppy mill.

The HSUS 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. Persons wishing to report a valid tip are encouraged to call 1-877-MILL-TIP and will remain anonymous.

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