GREENSBORO - Ninety eight animals are recovering at the Guilford County Animal Shelter, after law enforcement and local animal rescue agencies seized them from a Pender County breeder--a suspected puppy mill--Wednesday.
Most of the animals are being treated for fleas, skin allergies, cataracts, worms, rotten teeth, matted fur and heart problems.
Fifty six dogs and puppies, 39 chickens and one goat seized from squalid conditions at the breeder are currently recovering in the shelter's trauma center. There were more than 100 animals taken from the breeder in the rescue, but the other animals are recovering at Wake County shelters. Several of the dogs are purebreeds, including English Bull Dogs, American Eskimos, Huskies, Shih Tzus and Chihuahuas.
The Pender County Sheriff's Office said charges are forthcoming but have not yet been filed against the woman whose home the animals were taken from. The office said charges most likely will be filed this week, as soon as it collects reports from veterinarians who are treating the animals.
Williams said due to the ongoing investigation, she could not discuss many details of the rescue, which was launched by the Humane Society of the United States. She did go on the rescue mission and disclosed that many of the animals were living in squalid conditions.
"We saw animals that were living in feces. Many had health issues. We saw them in kennels, or what we would consider rabbit-type cages that were exposed to the elements. They didn't have any temperature control. It was cold or hot, rainy, wet. They just were not getting the minimal amount of care that they needed, " she said.
Williams said when people adopt animals from breeders, they should ask to see the living quarters of the breeding dogs. She said oftentimes when she rescues animals from inadequate breeding facilities, she finds the older dogs in the worst conditions.
The animals recovering at the Guilford County Animal Shelter are not yet ready for adoption. Williams said it could take two to 12 weeks, depending on the animal, before potential adoptees can be considered.
Guilford County Animal Shelter executive director Marsha Williams said the shelter is in need of donations and experienced volunteers to assist with veterinary care and grooming. Monetary donations can be made through Susie's Fund.
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