The Duplin County Animal Control served a search warrant on Friday and seized 50 dogs, and puppies from a suspected puppy mill in Dublin County, N.C. according to Friday's news release from The Humane Society of the United States.
In a joint effort of the HSUS, Duplin County Animal Services, Pet Friends of Duplin County, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Wake County, both large breed and small breed dogs were rescued from egregious living conditions. Kennels were filled with feces and urine, clean water and food was not available, and many of the dogs suffered from ear and eye infections.
The breeds were German shepherds, dachshunds, and Yorkshire terriers. The owners have surrendered all of the dogs.
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 for the HSUS in the last three years.
In January, 17 dogs were rescued from a puppy mill in Alexander County, N.C. Read that story by clicking here.
In October 2012, over 100 dogs were rescued from Garner, N.C.
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.
The dogs will be examined and treated by veterinarians and then be available for adoption. According to Duplin County Animal Services:
"We see a lot of interest in the small breed dogs, picked up yesterday. A majority of those went to Wake SPCA and should be available for adoption soon. You can find all their info online as well at www.spcawake.org."
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