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Owner of hundreds of dogs charged with animal cruelty

Posted September 3, 2009

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— Authorities charged a Lucama woman with 13 felony counts of animal cruelty Thursday after finding hundreds of dogs last week at her residence living in what they described as deplorable conditions.

Ranna Michelle Scott, 38, bred dogs and ran a puppy mill at her 5559 Lloyd Road home, said Major John Farmer, with the Wilson County Sheriff's office.

Scott surrendered at the sheriff's Office Thursday morning. She signed papers agreeing to surrender all 237 dogs that had been at her residence.

She was released after posting a $20,000 secured bond. Her husband is also expected to be charged.

After an investigation began in late August, Scott dispersed the animals across the state in an attempt to hide them, according to Major Mickey Wilson, head of the sheriff’s office's animal enforcement division.

Crews set up a staging area staffed by veterinarians at the Wilson County Fairgrounds to treat the dogs as they came in by the dozens. Some were in good health, while others needed immediate medical attention, Wilson said. At least five died.

Anyone who knows where more animals are or has any information about Scott's breeding operations should call the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Animal Enforcement Division at 252-265-5971.

The SPCA of Wake County and Saving Grace in Wake Forest have taken in some of the dogs. For information about adoption, call the SPCA at 919-772-2326 or Saving Grace at 919-518-1180.

In April, Wilson county commissioners adopted new regulations aimed at shutting down puppy mills with poor conditions. The rules require kennels to be inspected and be recommended by veterinarians annually and pay registration fees of $45 to $100 each year.

In their latest session, the state House and Senate also considered two bills to regulate commercial breeders, but both bills stalled in House committees.

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  • msshellymorgan3 Sep 10, 2009

    Well if people would remember in Wilson county, Last year with the article on a "puppy Mill" No name was give it was her She has been looked into for almost a year now. I hope that all of these fury little critters get healthy, and its a sad situation on this. Lets pray for all animals that are being neglected, and mistreated and homeless not just these 237 dogs. There are way to more out there. I travel down a road just about every day and it is nothing for me to see a stray wondering around searching for food.Let's get it together People!!!!!!

  • MamaDummy Sep 3, 2009

    Do unto her as she did to the dogs.

  • wp Sep 3, 2009

    If people treat innocent dogs this bad, I wonder what she treats other humans like?

  • lmbl Sep 3, 2009

    In Sweden, you have to buy a license (expensive)before you can even have a dog. It's just too easy to get a dog and then mistreat it when it's not a cute little puppy anymore.

  • Professor Sep 3, 2009

    She has mental issues more than likely.

  • Sessy V--V Sep 3, 2009

    Wish WRAL would do something about the puppy ads that run ALL the time from the same breeders over and over and over.

    Making a living off breeding dogs.

    Get a life and a REAL job.

  • dclayton2000 Sep 3, 2009

    "She obviously created the Puppy Mill to make money. Up till recently, we, the people had been paying a lot of money for the puppies from these Mills. Now, with the economic down the tube, people loosing jobs, making less money, etc leading to the decline in the demand for "pure breed puppies". She is probably just like many other businesses that are out of luck loosing revenue to keep her business running that lead to the condition of the kernel. Not making excuses but sometimes, it is what it is"

    This is such an ignorant statement. She could have gotten rid of the dogs if she could not have taken care of them. She was really quick to get rid of them after she was caught!!!

  • ncrebel Sep 3, 2009

    We need stronger advocation for spay/neuter programs in our state. This will minimize over population and the opportunity for puppy mills.

    Breeders should be registered with the county/state and required to have inspections on a quarterly basis.

    All registered female dogs should only be allowed to have a litter of puppies within a regulated time frame as advocated by veterinarian medicine so that the mother dog's health would not be compromised and minimize over population.

    Dog owners should be registered with local county/state so that all animals are up to date on shots and health records.

  • just a gee Sep 3, 2009

    well lets see if PETA,who condemns Mike Vick set up in front of her house and if she gets locked up for two years. this is just as bad i dont care what nobody says. see if the state takes all her money since she was selling these dogs.

  • Da Toy Maker Sep 3, 2009

    Truely, what she was doing is very bad.

    Now, take a step back and think about this:

    She obviously created the Puppy Mill to make money. Up till recently, we, the people had been paying a lot of money for the puppies from these Mills. Now, with the economic down the tube, people loosing jobs, making less money, etc leading to the decline in the demand for "pure breed puppies". She is probably just like many other businesses that are out of luck loosing revenue to keep her business running that lead to the condition of the kernel. Not making excuses but sometimes, it is what it is.

    I love dogs and cats but don't have any because of allergy. Just making an observation here.

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