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Dozens line up at Wake SPCA to adopt dogs seized from puppy mill

Posted August 20, 2012

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— At least three dozen people lined up in front of the SPCA of Wake County on Monday to adopt some of the 39 dogs seized from a Brunswick County puppy mill earlier this month.

Brunswick County deputies and animal rights advocates rescued 163 dogs, 26 birds and one cat in an Aug. 3 raid of a breeding operation at a Leland mobile home.

Many of the dogs were matted, caked in filth, covered in fleas and in need of veterinary care, and some had broken jaws from severe tooth decay. The double-wide trailer where they were housed in cages had no electricity, authorities said.

At least one puppy died after the rescue, but the rest of the dogs were sent to animal shelters as far away as Greensboro and Charlotte, officials said.

"It was horrific. The smell of the ammonia, the bugs, the roaches, it was horrible, horrible conditions, so we were very blessed to get these guys out," said Darci VanderSlik, community outreach coordinator for the SPCA of Wake County.

The dogs cared for by the SPCA have received veterinary care and undergone extensive grooming, officials said. Most of them will be put into foster homes for socialization before being put up for adoption.

"There has been a great demand in the community and a great response for adoption of these guys. We want to get them into their new homes as soon as possible," VanderSlik said.

The SPCA said last week it didn't expect a problem finding loving homes for the dogs. Those interested can check the organization's website or Facebook page for more information.

"I'd take all of them home if I had a lot of money," said Dottie Thorne, a potential adopter.

Dozens line up to adopt dogs seized from puppy mill Dozens line up to adopt dogs seized from puppy mill

Andrew and Amelia Millis, of Wilmington, were charged with animal neglect and animal cruelty and were held in the Brunswick County jail under $1.5 million bonds.

Two North Carolina lawmakers have said they plan to introduce legislation next year to better regulate dog-breeding operations.

"The most frustrating part of it is that it's just going to be a matter of time before this happens again, before we get another call of another puppy mill bust. Legislation needs to be changed," VanderSlik said.

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  • Curlyq Aug 23, 2012

    "Humans deserve better."

    Really? and why is that? Because they are the dirty selfish pigs that created this nightmare. PEOPLE ARE IN CONTROL OF THEIR OWN DESTINY AND CREATE THEIR OWN PROBLEMS! THESE ANIMALS DIDN'T ASK TO BE TREATED THIS WAY OR PLACED IN THE HANDS OF THESE MONSTERS. ACCOUNTABILITY AND LACK OF EDUCATION ARE KEY HERE.

  • shortcake53 Aug 20, 2012

    Wow, no matter what someone does there will always be someone else standing nearby to cut them down. The nasty comments here are totally uncalled for.

  • rachel Aug 20, 2012

    there are always great lines of people lining up to adopt these little designer purebreeds they otherwise can't afford-somehow, I don't find this so noble of them-trying to get a deal-how about showing up to adopt the mutt, the one thats been there too long, maybe not as small, maybe not as cute, but just as loving-but then you can't tell people what a deal you got at the shelter, nor re home them on cl for several hundred dollars

  • ThatGuyYetAgain Aug 20, 2012

    Pepe, I hear ya but I'm looking at outcomes. Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Charlie Manson and Richard Speck had psychological issues too and I don't care even a tiny little bit. I've spent my whole adult life listening to earnest, well meaning, heartfelt excuses for evil, and evil just grabs on to the latest excuse and walks away laughing. I just don't buy it any more, sorry.

  • SurvivorOne Aug 20, 2012

    Why should new law take so long? This should be so easy and the new law should be effective immediately. Is that so hard?

  • chattycat Aug 20, 2012

    The world will be a better place once these pups are adopted. The world will be saved. Whatever! Only wish animal freaks would show the same love and affection for the HUMANS that need their help. Its a frickin animal. Humans deserve better.

    DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT

    This story has nothing to do with the way that human beings are treated. You are only stirring the pot. Find something better to do, maybe go feed the homeless.

  • chattycat Aug 20, 2012

    "So these dogs usually sell for what, $300 apiece? Too bad by taking them away they deprived the owner of that income." - fishon

    You feel bad for the people? SERIOUSLY?! You feel they should have been allowed to continue to violate laws and abuse and mistreat animals for money? Pepe Silvia

    Good point Pepe, Fishon is sick!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 20, 2012

    @Deathrow-IFeelYourPain-NOT, how we treat animals indicates how we treat our fellow humans. (Is that really news to you?)

    Besides, your moniker (as well as your comment) don't sound very pro-human.

  • Pepe Silvia Aug 20, 2012

    ThatGuyYetAgain, while I agree 100% that the outcome is equally horrible and inexcusable the main reason the distinction is made is that hoarding is a psychological issue where hoarders believe they are HELPING the animals by "rescuing" them but they take on way more then they can handle.

  • shortcake53 Aug 20, 2012

    Glad to see so many were anxious to give these pets a good home. Well done.

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