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June 12, 2014

More than 50 Dogs Currently Being Rescued from N.C. Puppy Mill

More than 50 dogs, including English bulldog, yorkie, cocker spaniel, French bulldog and shitzu breeds, are currently being rescued from a suspected Rutherford County, N.C. puppy mill. The dogs were found on three different properties by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office in poor conditions and in need of medical care. 

Kim Alboum, North Carolina state director for The HSUS, said: “This is the 20th rescue that The HSUS has assisted with in North Carolina since June 2011. It’s time for North Carolina to enact stronger laws to protect dogs. While we are here rescuing dogs, there are thousands more in puppy mills that need the help of our state’s lawmakers.”  

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 dogs are being safely transported from the property and will be thoroughly examined by teams 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 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 or submit a tip form. These persons will remain anonymous.

This rescue was made possible through The Puppy Mills Campaign’s Breeder Surrender Fund and through the generosity of Paige Noland—a long-time advocate and HSUS supporter.


Media Contact: Cheylin Parker: 240-599-6848; cparker@humanesociety.org

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