The Sampson County sheriff said the dogs were living in deplorable living conditions and lacked proper care. Local law enforcement became concerned about the facility when puppy purchasers filed complaints regarding conditions at the facility.
"In massive breeding operations, dogs are often subjected to deplorable conditions and lack proper medical care. It is heartbreaking to see these dogs in such poor condition," said Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton. "I am grateful to The Humane Society of the United States and the other organizations that stepping forward to assist with the care and temporary housing of these poor animals."
The Humane Society, the SPCA of Wake County, and the Guilford County Animal Shelter have safely transported the dogs to a temporary emergency shelter in Kenly.