On Wednesday, 104 dogs and a variety of farm animals were rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Garner, North Carolina after an investigation from a consumer who filed a complaint about a sick puppy reported The Humane Society of the United States.
In a coordinated effort with the Pender County Sheriff's Department, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Wake County, the Guilford County Animal Shelter, the North Carolina Veterinarian Medical Association and The Humane Society of the United States, authorities issued a search warrant for the property where various breeds of dogs were found.
The dogs, both large and small, were confined to cages made of chicken wire and lived in filth and mud. Many suffered from eye infections, ear infections, deformities, and general neglectful conditions of their coats and skin.
All of the dogs will be evaluated by veterinarians and provided with the proper medical care. Authorities hope to have the dogs available for adoption within two weeks.
Also surrendered by the owner were chickens, calves, a goat, and a horse.
According to coastal news.com, the owner of the farm told authorities people dropped off dogs they no longer wanted. Some of the dogs they were able to find homes for, but others they could not, and continued to feed them.
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 14th puppy mill raid for the HSUS in the last three years.
"This is truly a black mark for North Carolina - the home of so many beautiful farms, Southern mansions, and prestigious colleges and universities, and still the state government can't figure out how to protect the most innocent victims of neglect. Who can look at a puppy's face stuck in a cage so filthy and matted, and not take action to stop these horrible puppy mills," asked Melinda Collins, a vet technician in Miami.
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If you are interested in adopting a dog, please contact the SPCA of Wake County by calling (919) 772-2326 or the Guilford County Animal Shelter at (336) 297-5020.
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