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100+ Dogs Seized From Raleigh Home

Posted October 23, 2007

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— More than 100 dogs are in the custody of Wake County Animal Control after they were recently seized from a Raleigh home.

According to a 26-page search warrant, the approximately 112 dogs, primarily toy poodles, and eight birds were taken from the residence at 8252 Holly Springs Road after a woman who was looking to breed her poodle reported filthy and crowded conditions to authorities.

An animal cruelty investigator reported in the warrants that animal waste accumulated on the surfaces of the animal housing and that the residence was "heavily infested with cockroaches" and rodent feces, as well as strong smells of ammonia and an infestation of bugs.

Neighbors said the animals were raised, groomed and boarded at the residence and that the noise and odor coming from the property were a nuisance.

"The investigator looked around the property, did an assessment and determined that she had the grounds to take possession of the animals," said Mike Williams, with Wake County Animal Control.

An investigation is under way, and authorities have not yet determined whether the resident of the property, Janie Conyers, will face charges.

Conyers declined to comment Tuesday, but according to the warrant, the woman who called animal control said Conyers "was an elderly woman who lives alone and who has few resources," and that Conyers requested a loan from the caller to purchase dog food.

The animals have not been placed up for adoption and it was unclear if or when they might be.

Animal control officials said the best thing the public can do is to help an animal from their regular population.

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  • lbdancer3 Oct 24, 2007

    First of all, I do not own a poodle. Good breeders guarantee their puppies and usually want to co-own them so that they can monitor all breeding if it meets the criteria. Health is also guaranteed. People lose control of situations sometimes. Sometimes adults or children suffer; sometimes animals suffer. Doesn't make it right. Sometimes you try very hard, but you can not make the right things happen. I hope you never find yourself in any kind of situation in life that would cause you to experience hardship. Have a blessed day.

  • 4natural Oct 24, 2007

    One of my biggest concerns is the lack of response from the Central Carolina Poodle Club's board of directors, whom received a copy of this article. If you want to voice your concerns to a group that is suppose to police its own and keep the welfare of the dogs above their own egos please send your comments to the carolinapoodleclub@yahoo.com

  • cocker_mom Oct 24, 2007

    lbdancer3 - so are you saying that since she kept up with her paperwork that she's a "good breeder"? Does that make the conditions any less filthy? Or does that go to show that it was a conscious decision to let dogs live like this and KEEP BREEDING AND SHOWING? Not sure the fact that she appears to have enough wits about her to file DNA and get eye certs is gonna get her any sympathy as a "poor elderly person"....

    NCchick - did your breeder require you to spay/neuter your puppy? Did she require you to sign an agreement that if FOR ANY REASON you could not keep her, that you would return the dog to her? What's her "guarantee" - that if the dog gets sick, she'll refund your money? How many times you think THAT happens - that new owners just say "darn - it's sick, just give me my money back or a new puppy"? Not trying to be difficult - but as soon as a breeder lets a dog go out without a spay/neuter agreement, there's a potential for 100's of unwanted dogs in just a couple years.

  • lbdancer3 Oct 24, 2007

    Don't ASSUME unless you know it to be a fact. All handlers do not charge, especially when the dog has been given to them because it is such good quality that it will enhance their breeding program. The majority of all puppies were and are show quality. Things got out of hand numbers wise. Cocker Mom--you are being very unkind. Do you think that she is not reading these posts? Why cause more stress, chest pain, etc. to a person already hurting? If more people would try to problem solve and not add to the hurt, more terrible situations would likely be solved. No money was spent in the way that you indicated. I have very good sources. Age, poor health, always giving any extra to those in need, and 100's of other valid reasons contributed to this situation.

  • cocker_mom Oct 24, 2007

    For Pamela - the breed clubs should "police" their own. To belon g to a club, usually all breeders have to sign a code of ethics statement about the care they provide, keeping them clean, vaccinated, not to overbreed females, etc. Certainly if this woman was still showing dogs - there were signs: not meeting other breed folks at her house to sell them a puppy; not letting the handler come to the house; getting a puppy that didn't smell just right; bills not getting paid; records not being provided, etc. In my experience, there were always signs. And if a breeder constantly has a "new" show dog, that means that dog is part of a larger litter that has to be sold - so for every show dog they have - they've likely bred 6 to get one. Not too hard to do the math and figure who might be in over their heads. People in the club talk - and will step in and help if a member comes to them for assistance placing dogs or even if they have financial problems.

  • cocker_mom Oct 24, 2007

    If there were truly a "ton" of responsible breeders, then 40% of the dogs in shelters would not be purebred. If there were responsible breeders, ALL puppies would be sold with a spay / neuter contract to insure they would not be bred by irresponsible people. All breeders would require dogs be returned to them if the owners could not keep them. All breeders would be involved in rescue. With 40% of shelter dogs being purebred - that means that there are a HECK OF A LOT of irresponsible breeders out there. Otherwise - it would only be "mutts" being euthanized.

    In addition - if this woman was STILL ACTIVELY BREEDING, SHOWING AND SELLING her dogs, then she's not deserving of pity at all - but contempt. Having a dog shown with a handler costs money, and entry fees aren't free. It would appears she made a conscious decision HOW to spend her money and it sure as heck wasn't on the dogs living in filth on her property - but it was in the show ring. Absolutely DISGUSTING.

  • Gafan003 Oct 24, 2007

    What on earth do some people think?

  • BUCKEYEnNC Oct 24, 2007

    Clancy, I have a mutt and she's the best! Never a sick day since we got her from a "no-kill" shelter(8 years ago)!!! Just the happiest dog in the world!!!!

  • Lissa13082 Oct 24, 2007

    cocker_mom - I too will have to disagree with you. I got my little Peekapoo from a breeder in Angier. She was VERY maticulous (sp?) with all her records and had a system with her dogs. She had a ton of dogs, but they were all well taken care of and we clean with access to clean water and food. She dedicates all her spare time to these dogs and keeps records on every single dog and puppy - she could tell you all their parents, their parents parents, etc. I was quite impressed with her set up. She guarentees all her dogs as well and says she has never had a single complaint. The puppy I bought from her is the sweetest, well tempered dog I have every known. I am very happy with my puppy as well as with the conditions at her house where she breeds all kinds of dogs. Check her out and see if you still hold the same opinion that "there is no such thing as a responsible breeder".

  • lbdancer3 Oct 24, 2007

    People should not make comments that they do not know to be facts. Could registration papers document heritage and do these parents have DNA on file and have all adult dogs been microchipped? Has most of the breeding stock been opthamology certified to be free of any genetic eye problems. Documentation is kept at Cornell University. I have learned that the answer is yes to all of the questions. Have you checked on or helped an elderly person today?

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