CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte s Humane Society rescued 19 dogs from an alleged puppy mill in western North Carolina Saturday, said the Humane Society s CEO.

The dogs, all Maltese or Maltese mixes between the ages of 4 and 10 years old, were voluntarily surrendered by their owner after the local animal control agency asked the Humane Society of the United States to step in. The HSUS asked Charlotte s rescue team to take them.

Some dogs appear to be in good condition, but others have dental problems and eye disease, according to the local rescue team.

All of the dogs will be evaluated by the Humane Society s veterinarians to check full medical conditions, then placed in foster homes or adopted out to families who want them, they said.

A proposed law introduced into the North Carolina House of Representatives this month creates standards for dog-breeding organizations. The bill would require certain medical and health standards for breeders with more than ten breeding females.

North Carolina is one of few states without standards for dog breeders.

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