July 21, 2011
The HSUS Assists with Rescue of Approximately 90 Animals from North Carolina Puppy Mill
The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team was called in by District Attorney Frank Parrish to assist in the rescue of approximately 80 dogs, five cats and four rabbits from a rural property near Hertford, N.C. The dogs were being housed in unsanitary conditions and lacked proper socialization and medical care. The owner has surrendered all of the animals to the Perquimans County Sheriff’s Department.
“This is the third puppy mill that The Humane Society of the United States has assisted with in North Carolina over the past two months,” said Kim Alboum, North Carolina state director for The HSUS. “I hope that this sends our legislators a strong message that we desperately need to pass stronger standards to protect dogs in large-scale breeding operations. We are thankful to District Attorney Frank Parrish for calling HSUS in to help, and hope he will consider pursuing animal cruelty charges if warranted in this case.”
The Perquimans County Sheriff’s Department called in The HSUS to coordinate the removal of the dogs, after receiving reports of unsanitary conditions and unhealthy dogs. When responders arrived on scene they found approximately 80 dogs, mostly poodles, yorkies and Maltese, living crowded in small wire feces-encrusted enclosures. Many of the dogs were severely matted and suffering from open wounds and parasite infestation. Several litters of young puppies were found overheated and dehydrated in outdoor cages.
Responders have safely removed all of the animals and transported them to the Norfolk SPCA where they will be medically treated and evaluated for adoption. Volunteers from Susie’s Law also assisted in the removal of the dogs.
The HSUS encourages people to adopt dogs from rescue groups or purchase from responsible breeders rather than buying a puppy from a pet store or online seller, where dogs may come from puppy mills.
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