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Animal control removes nearly 200 animals from Zebulon home

Posted June 6, 2011

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— Franklin County Animal Control removed nearly 200 animals from a breeding operation in Zebulon Monday, citing what an animal welfare group called "absolutely egregious" conditions.

Renee Jean Long, who owns the property on Carlyle Road, declined to be interviewed as animal control officers removed dogs, ducks, pigeons and chickens from the home. Authorities said that Long surrendered the animals, but that charges were likely to be filed against her.

"It's completely heartbreaking to see what these animals have been through," said Kim Alboum, state director for the Humane Society of the United States.

Animals rescued in Zebulon Nearly 200 animals rescued from Zebulon breeding operation

She characterized the operation as a puppy mill.

"She was breeding and selling dogs on the Internet," Alboum said. "This is an environment where the animals were being bred, not for their health and welfare, but for the money."

A complaint from a neighbor about an animal carcass stuck to a fence, a foul odor and large rats on the property prompted the investigation. Authorities found three dead puppies and three others with Parvo, a highly contagious and deadly disease, had to be euthanized.

The rescued animals were taken to various animal shelters across the state.


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  • HEN Jun 9, 2011


  • alwayslovingu30 Jun 9, 2011

    Jean long has rental property of her own given by her dad.But she has the rite to stay at her house.Her family has money but she doesnt have alot but what she has is hers.She just needed to have some help on the farm she is 72 years old.no one will help her for free will you?I have seen alot of her birds at sales in buckhorn.the ones there are in good shape.she buys an sales alot of birds.,/My mom bought A chicken from her it is in top condition an lives happy except for area dogs trying to kill it.,/will A dog be charged with animal cruelty.Jean is A sweet woman.she just needs help caring for her critters.I lke the comment the news had.animals were being bred not for their health an welfare but for money.why else would you breed animals ha ha the animal welfare was A joke.she has been reported to franklin county for 2 years I know now they decide to move on her.It doesnt say much for franklin county does it?

  • ytetterton Jun 8, 2011

    It is sad that all of this has ran her away from her property, is that right to run someone 72 years of age off their own property??? And where can she go without people harassing her and she is getting threats. How is that right? She has a right to live on this earth just like everyone else...please leave her alone, how would you like to get ran away from your own property and have nowhere to go?

  • chzpearson Jun 8, 2011

    ms. jean cared for and raised her animals as the other fella said (the country old fashioned way)i bought and sold from her in the past,no problems!what some of the city slicker animal rights people dont understand is that everyone isnt filthy rich and can live up to their super-hi standards,she loves her birds and all and gave them all she could to keep them happy and healthy.

  • barbstillkickin Jun 8, 2011

    I am making a plea to all the animal lovers out there and I know there are many like myself to please do not go to spca to adopt go to the human shelter. We just adopted a beautiful Border Collie and she is heartworm positive but she is so beautiful we will do what ever it takes to give her that second chance. PLEASE PLEASE ADOPT FROM HUMANE SHELTER they really care.

  • waterfowlrescue Jun 8, 2011

    We werent on the site but we took over 250 animals from the animal control. I cant speak for the dogs which is what most people care about but the birds are in terrible shape. Some have leg mites so bad their scales have fallen off and they are scarred up, untreated fractured bones, blindness, ones eye is badly infected and hanging from the socket. All of them are starving and thin. I heard the comments from people who were on site animals were living in several inches of feces and walking on dead animals. So unless your there to see the conditions I dont think anyone is in a position to say the birds looked fine from the photos. If you dont have your hands on them to feel they are skin on bones and to see the wounds, the trauma and the emotional scarring then your just blowing smoke to say you can judge the conditions by one photo on the news.

  • billyd6210 Jun 7, 2011

    Yes I went to her house 3 times. 2 times to leave deposits & once to pick up. My dog sleeps on the bed with me & my wife & the other sleeps with my son & his wife. Couldn't ask for a better breed. Miss Jean just lives that old country lifestyle. Sweet lady she is.... I will be praying for her.

  • h3ardita11b4 Jun 7, 2011

    protecthteanimals - cause drama? actually, that's far from the truth. if you must know, i do try to stray as far as possible from the stuff. however, i do think all of this animal rights stuff is beyond hysterical. as i said, just like you have your opinions, so do i.

  • Weetie Jun 7, 2011

    you are correct protecthteanimals! Thanks for waking me up...lol

  • Riptide12 Jun 7, 2011

    Weetie - please do not respond to h3ardita11b4! This person is just trying to cause drama and it is not worth your time to acknowledge him/her.