Around 17 dogs and puppies were rescued from a suspected puppy mill in Alexander County by the Humane Society of Charlotte. Veterinary teams and volunteers are evaluating the animals, which include Chihuahuas, Dachshunds, a Poodle mix and one Border Collie.
Matt Smith, Operations Manager with the Humane Society of Charlotte, says, “The animals were in really bad conditions. A lot of them were kept outside. There was the mothers that were nursing that we looked at, and it was just a really rough place for them to be.”
The head of the Humane Society of the U.S. says the organization has joined with law enforcement in North Carolina to execute the largest number of puppy mill raids-15 in the last two years.
The Humane Society of Charlotte is accepting donations and supplies to help care for the dogs and puppies. They need items, including gently used towels, puppy pads, canned dog food, Esbilac puppy formula (for nursing mother dogs) and gallon-sized freezer bags (for food storage). The items can be dropped off at 2700 Toomey Avenue in Charlotte. The shelter is open daily from 11am-5pm.
Smith says the earliest some of the animals may be ready for adoption is Tuesday. Others will go to foster homes before they are adopted.
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