Dozens of animals rescued from puppy mill

Nearly 80 animals were rescued from a puppy mill in Pender County, North Carolina Wednesday by the Humane Society of the United States and other officials. (Photo courtesy of HSUS - Kathy Milani)

October 10, 2013 2:11:33 AM PDT
Dozens of animals were rescued from a puppy mill in Pender County, North Carolina Wednesday following a complaint about a sick puppy.

The Humane Society of the United States, SPCA of Wake County, Guilford County Animal Shelter and North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association rescued nearly 80 dogs and other animals after finding large and small-breed dogs and puppies suffering from untreated medical conditions.

Officials said dogs were living outside in wire chicken coops and in a dirty breezeway.

They also found chickens, three calves, a horse and a goat at the property.

Authorities said the owner agreed to surrender the animals. They were then transported to a temporary emergency animal shelter where they will be examined by a team of veterinarians.

This is 14th rescue that The HSUS has handled in North Carolina since June 2010.

There is no specific law in North Carolina to protect dogs from being sold directly to the public or online by commercial breeding facilities.

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