Nearly 130 animals being kept in deplorable conditions are now safe following a raid at a suspected puppy mill in North Carolina.

An anonymous complaint to local authorities led to an investigation of the property in Cabarrus county. On Monday, armed with search and seizure warrants, the Sheriff’s Office and members of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) entered the property and discovered 105 dogs, 20 cats and three goats housed in conditions that were described as “unsafe and unsanitary.”

According to the HSUS, many had been left with untreated medical conditions, were pregnant and in urgent need of veterinary treatment. Fortunately, the animals were all removed and taken to an emergency shelter where they’ll be getting the care they need.

“Animal cruelty comes with serious consequence,” said Lt. David Taylor. “Our number one priority is the protection and safety of the animals, including their environment. In Cabarrus County we’re investigating claims and prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law.

However, the investigation is just the beginning of the story. We are fortunate to have the support of The HSUS as we move forward with the response.”

While these animals are incredibly lucky to have been saved, the case is another sad reminder about why it’s so important to adopt, or find a reputable breeder, instead of buying puppies from pet stores or online.


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