"These animals are being bred with no regard for their health, their welfare. This is really just about the money and these animals have been here for years in these conditions," said Kim Alboum with the Humane Society.
The raid took place after a lengthy investigation into Mason Creek Kennels. The kennel website lists the breeds available as Boston Terrier, French Bulldog, Japanese Chin, MaltiPoo, Pomeranian, Shih Tzu, Shih Poo, Shorkie Tzu and Yorkie puppies.
ABC11 cameras filmed row after row of cages filled with dogs covered with their own filth. The smell was intense.
Caldwell County Animal Control Director Greg Green said the dogs were taken to a temporary shelter at the Caldwell County Fairgrounds in Lenoir.
The property owner, William Allen, surrendered 276 dogs to authorities on Friday. Authorities say only two dogs were found dead.
Starting Saturday, they will be picked up for adoption.
If you are interested, visit the Wake County SPCA, the Guilford County Animal Control, the Humane Society of Charlotte, Saving Grace Pet Adoption and Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption in Lee County.
There will also be a few places in Virginia that will be adopting out the dogs.