Duplin County Animal Control served a search warrant on the property and found a variety of large and small breed dogs and puppies, including German shepherds, dachshunds and yorkies, living in deplorable conditions and suffering from a multitude of untreated medical conditions.
Many of the animals were living in feces and filth and did not have access to clean water or food.
"These dogs were forced to live in filth, with no adequate shelter, for who knows how long. I'm hopeful this rescue, along with the other 17 The HSUS has been a part of since 2011, will move legislators to implement stronger state laws," said North Carolina State Director for the HSUS, Kim Alboum. "We're thankful to Duplin County Animal Control for their leadership and support to help these animals in need."
"The scene is absolutely devastating for these animals. They have endured this for so long," said Duplin County Animal Services Director Joe Newburn. "Puppy mills will not be tolerated in Duplin County. We are grateful for the agencies that stepped in to assist us today."
The owner agreed to surrender the animals.
Two men face multiple charges.
The Humane Society has established a reward program to offer up to $5,000 to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of a puppy mill operator for animal cruelty.
Persons wishing to report a valid tip are encouraged to call 1-877-MILL-TIP and will remain anonymous.