More than a 100 animals taken in Zebulon

March 31, 2010 7:50:51 AM PDT
Wake County Animal Control said it collected over 100 dogs and cats that were living in unspeakable conditions after getting an anonymous tip.

The animals were taken from a mobile home on Rosinburg Road. Investigators say it was a case of animal hoarding.

"Worst conditions I've seen dogs and cats living in," said Michael Williams with Wake County Animal Control.

Williams said the animals were kept with trash and junk cars on the property.

"Most everything was outside. There was not a habitable building on the property," said Williams. "The area was pretty widespread. We had some animals in different sections. We had some that were loose and some that were in cages."

After hours of searching, Williams said they found 108 animals still alive.

"Such poor conditions for the animals that were there - as well as the living conditions for the people as well," he said.

64 cats and 44 dogs were living in filth.

"We found several dead animals as well in containers," said Williams.

The animals belonged to Mary and Johnny Morton, a Zebulon couple, who Williams said were likely hoarders.

"The owners surrendered all the animals too us," he said. "The animals were either absolutely terrified and had never been socialized with a person. Some had some pretty serious medical conditions."

A total of 20 dogs were able to be saved.

"Doing best we can to find all the animals we could so we could make sure that they were safe," said Williams.

Eight dogs are available for adoption at Wake County Animal Control and Pet Adoption.

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