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60 dogs rescued from Sampson County breeder

Posted February 26, 2013
Updated February 27, 2013

— The Humane Society of the United States says it rescued more than 60 dogs from a Sampson County breeder Tuesday after local sheriff's deputies found a variety of small-breed dogs suffering from untreated medical conditions.

The owner of Royal Acres Kennels on U.S. Highway 421 in Magnolia surrendered the animals, which will be taken to an emergency shelter in Johnston County to be examined and treated.

It's unclear if or when the animals will be put up for adoption, and if so, where.

The owner has not been charged.


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  • ncrebel Mar 1, 2013

    "So, with that said, all of you people with your negative comments need to go adopt one of these dogs and give them a good home!! I know my friends are heartbroken."

    Loiscannon, how many are you going to adopt? How much money are you donating to have these animals vetted?

  • cuffslover Feb 28, 2013

    to those defending this place rrally need to get a reality check they have showed many of those poor animals on tv many could not even walk and had open sores on them if this is a thing for you to defend then maybe you could go stay and get all that great care you seem to think those poor dogs were getting this is exactly why puppy mills are up and running and yes folks make no mistake this is 100% a puppy mill

  • cuffslover Feb 28, 2013

    sadly enough if you look up this kennel name thier website talks about how they take in throw aways it makes me sick to see puppy mills up and running and so many buying from them and "the owner surredered the dogs" they owners and anyone there should be in jail no animals shou;ld have been left there sampson county really sucks bad on protecting those who cannot protect themselves....

  • loiscannon Feb 28, 2013

    I have known these owners for more than 30 years and by no way were they running a "Puppy Mill". These were compasionate people who loved their dogs, even after they retired. They didn't have the heart to "put down" any dog that was not in pain, even if they had a disability. Just like the black on I saw on TV last night. He was dragging his hind legs but to me he got around and seemed happy. What is the difference in a disabled dog and a disabled human. This dog, just like all the dogs there, had washed fresh beds EVERYDAY, washed food bowls EVERYDAY, food, and one of the best kennels you will ever see! These people loved all their dogs and if you happened to go purchase one and they felt that you would not be a good owner, they would not sell you a puppy!! It wasn't all about the money, it is all about compassion and love. So, with that said, all of you people with your negative comments need to go adopt one of these dogs and give them a good home!! I know my friends are heartbroken.

  • ravennmesser Feb 28, 2013

    This women got up at four in the morning and stayed up until eleven at night cleaning the kennel. There was no abuse what so ever, she took care of the dogs like they were her own children. All those dogs were her life. The place was not run downed, it wasn't even ten years old. And she shouldn't be charged with anything because she took care of them and made sure they had a fresh food and water. She washed the towels that were in there pin everyday, and mopped the floors every single day. No one has any right to say she should be put in a shelter or charged.

  • savannahn8v Feb 27, 2013

    Please tell me that the website for this puppy mill is not still up and running!

  • ncrebel Feb 27, 2013

    What is sad is that these breeders will get off with a slap on the wrist. The groups saving the animals, in most cases, depend on donations and fundraisers to defray the vetting costs that these dogs will need before they are adopted out.

    The breeder has made thousands of dollars over the years, selling their puppies and ultimately creating this problem. The breeder should be made to payback every red cent for the vetting, the ACO, Sheriff and volunteer's time to collect and help the animals, whatever that means, selling their home, their assests, etc., and NEVER be allowed to own an animal again.

    And I am glad someone mentioned the advertising on WRAL. I work as an independent animal volunteer. With a pet overpopulation problems, animals dying every day in shelters and you see ads for "Dog Available For Stud" or "German Shepherd Puppies for $1,500.00 Each".......Are you kidding me????

  • Wake1 Feb 27, 2013

    The people running this should be kept in a cage & not fed and forced to sleep in their own filth! We need to get tough on this kind of behavior!

  • so you dont like my opinion ok Feb 27, 2013

    Great points about the ads being on here, so I think we should call WRAL or use the contact for the website or contact the editor on this story and call in your request for the ads not to continue..

  • dpetersduke Feb 27, 2013

    WRAL - Check your classified ads selling puppies, you will find these "breeders" are selling them on your website!!! They aren't breeders, they are puppy mills how does it feel to be contributing to puppy mills? Because of puppy mills, shelters and rescues are filling up and not enough people or money to save/foster them. Many puppy mill dogs are so inbreeded that the medical problems once they get home are so costly that they are brought to the shelter to be euthanized, and that is when the rescues step in. How about supporting and advertising rescues dogs for free instead? They need homes and will be up to date on their shots, healthy (healthier) and are spayed/neutered. Adopt don't shop!!!