CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. -- The Humane Society and Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office rescued nearly 130 animals Monday from a suspected puppy mill in Cabarrus county.
The Sheriff's Office served a search and seizure warrant on the property Monday morning and found approximately 105 dogs, 20 cats and three goats.
The animals were living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.
"Parents are kept in those conditions and continue to breed and churn out litter after litter until they can no longer do it," Erica Geppi, North Carolina state director for the Humane Society said. "And the puppies are sold for profit to individuals who for the most part don't know anything about the conditions they just supported."
Geppi says the puppies in this home had never left.
"As soon as they saw daylight as soon as there were people there petting on them, loving them, you see them come to life," Geppi said. "And that's what makes this work very fulfilling."
Many animals had untreated medical issues, were pregnant and in need of urgent veterinary care. Representatives from Cabarrus Animal Hospital are providing veterinary expertise.
"North Carolina is one of a handful of states that has failed to enact any regulations for commercial dog breeders," said Erica Geppi.
The suspected puppy mill was discovered after an anonymous complaint led local law enforcement to do an investigation of the property. Upon inspection, the Sheriff's office determined further action was necessary.
Animal rescue volunteers and responders from Red Rover are assisting with the temporary caretaking of the dogs and cats. The Sheriff's Office transported the goats to a safe facility for large animals.
"Pulling them out of a life of suffering and bringing them to the forever loving homes they deserve is what we're focused on now," Geppi said.
The Humane Society says once these pets are available to be adopted, they'll release that information to the public.
The Humane Society has established a reward program to offer up to $5000 to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the puppy mill operator for animal cruelty. To provide information, contact (877) MILL-TIP.
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