Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Not disclosed 20dogs, 1 parrot rescued from puppymill

Charlotte, NC

Alexander County

January 9, 2014  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
    20 dogs & pups, 1 parrot Alleged  

More than 20 dogs and puppies and one parrot were rescued from an Alexander County, N.C., property by The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society of Charlotte. The groups were called in by Alexander County and Alexander County Sheriff's Office to assist in the rescue and removal of the animals.

After the sheriff's office served a search and seizure warrant on the property, rescuers found a variety of dogs and puppies suffering from lack of veterinary care, with no access to clean water or food. The animals were living in filthy conditions and had little to no protection from the cold weather. The dogs had skin and eye issues, parasites and tumors. The owner agreed to surrender the animals.


Photo courtesy of Shannon Johnstone/HSUS

Kim Alboum, North Carolina state director for The HSUS said: "The deplorable conditions these dogs were forced to live in are heartbreaking - we're grateful to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office for taking swift action and letting us help rescue these animals. This is the 16th puppy mill we've rescued animals from since June 2011. We're hopeful North Carolina legislators will stop this terrible suffering in 2014 by passing stronger laws to protect these animals."

There are no specific North Carolina laws to protect dogs sold directly to the public or online by commercial breeding facilities. Law enforcement officers, therefore, are unable to prevent neglect until it reaches crisis proportions. As a result, North Carolina has become a haven for some of the worst puppy mill operators in the country.

The groups have safely transported the dogs to a temporary emergency animal shelter where they will be thoroughly examined by a team of veterinarians and receive any necessary immediate medical treatment.

The HSUS has established a reward program to offer up to $5,000 to anyone who provides any 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.

Update 1/25/14: The owner of a NC puppy mill located in Alexander County agreed to surrender more than 20 animals to the Humane Society of the US after the county Sheriff 's Office received warrants to seize the animals.

The legislation recently passed in the state of North Carolina is the first to ever attempt any regulation of the conditions in what are known as "puppy mills," large animal breeding facilities that usually house large numbers of dogs in less-than-ideal conditions.

Events such as the Alexander county bust, however are provoking the animal activist community to continue to demand more restrictive legislation that limits the number of animals a breeding facility can possess.

The HSUS operates an award program for any individual who provides information that results in an arrest or removal of animals from a puppy mill. As with most cases leading to an arrest or removal, the animals in the Alexander County were facing severe and in many cases life threatening health conditions as well as intolerable living conditions. The animals were removed from the property by the Humane Society of Charlotte.


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