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March 14, 2012

The HSUS Helps Rescue 80 Dogs from North Carolina Puppy Mill

Joining the Jones County Sheriff’s Office and SPCA of Wake County for life-saving mission

Jones County Sheriff’s Office, SPCA of Wake County

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The Humane Society of the United States was called in by the Jones County Sheriff's Office to assist in the rescue of 80 dogs from a rural Jones County property. The Jones County Sheriff's Office served a search and seizure warrant on the property Wednesday morning and found dogs housed in unsanitary conditions and lacking proper veterinary care and socialization. The owner surrendered all of the dogs to the Jones County Sheriff's Office.

"This is the seventh puppy mill rescue that The Humane Society of the United States has assisted with in North Carolina in the past 10 months," said Kim Alboum, North Carolina state director for The HSUS. "This cruel industry will persist in our state until our state lawmakers pass much-needed legislation regulating large-scale commercial breeders."

Local law enforcement became concerned about this facility when a consumer who went to the property to buy a puppy complained of the poor condition of the animals. When responders arrived on scene they found chihuahuas, French bulldogs, dachshunds, and pomeranians living crowded in small wire enclosures littered with their own feces. Many of the dogs were severely matted, appeared malnourished, and were suffering from a variety of medical issues. The property owner was selling puppies to unsuspecting consumers through local newspaper advertisements.

The HSUS Animal Rescue Team and SPCA of Wake County spent the afternoon removing the animals and transporting them to the SPCA's shelter. The HSUS provided animal handing and evidence collection assistance. Next, the dogs will be thoroughly examined and treated by a team of veterinarians a before being considered for adoption or placed in foster homes.

The HSUS would like to thank generous donors Barbara and Reginald Brack for making this rescue mission possible. Animal advocates Amanda Hearst and Georgina Bloomberg were on site at the rescue. Hearst and Bloomberg are members of Friends of Finn, which is a committee of next-generation activists committed to educating the public about puppy mills.

Media Contact: Jordan Crump: 301-548-7793, jcrump@humanesociety.org

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