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Neglected dogs find homes in Raleigh

Posted August 5, 2011
Updated August 6, 2011

— Animal rescue centers are working to find homes for dozens of dogs seized from a Raleigh home on Thursday afternoon. 

The Wake County Animal Center said the 67 dogs seized from 6608 Professor St. were kept in cages, sometimes two or three at a time, and appeared neglected. Some dogs had medical problems, including tumors, cancer and open sores, and others were so obese they could not stand on their own. 

The Wake County Animal Center said 10 dogs had to be euthanized because their medical conditions were so severe.

Duda said the dog owners appeared to be breeders.

Police said 51 dogs were surrendered and 16 dogs and three cats were being held in protective custody. 

The animals were transported to the Wake County Animal Shelter, where the dogs were checked by veterinarians. 

On Friday, people showed up at the center hoping to adopt some of the animals in need. 

Jimmie Kennemur and her daughter got to the Wake County Animal Center 45 minutes before it opened on Friday in order to adopt one of the dogs. They selected 3-year-old Shih Tzu with one eye. Kennemur said her children want to call him Blackbeard. 

Blackbeard won't be able to go home with his new family until he is neutered. 

Andre Pierce, with Wake County Environmental Services, said the shelter was overwhelmed by the raid and the response from people wanting to help. 

"Although we have a situation where we have people who aren't providing proper care, on the flipside, we have a community really interested in animal welfare," Pierce said. 

Rescue groups also helped take in and adopt out some of the dogs. 

HEART pet rescue found foster families for three of the dogs. HEART President Heidi Miller said the dogs are expected to be available for adoption in about a week, barring any heath or behavioral issues. The dogs will be listed on the group's website.  

Sound Pet Animal Rescue found foster homes for three of the animals taken from the house.

C.A.M.P. Rescue took in 10 of the dogs. More than half of them tested positive for heartworms, and most have life-threatening medical conditions, including one with a ruptured cancerous wound and severe chronic eye condition that might result in the loss of an eye. 

C.A.M.P. Rescue is providing socialization skills for all of the rescued animals and will provide new home with some free day care services. Anyone interested in adopting a dog from C.A.M.P. Rescue should call 919-468-8301.

The Wake County Animal Center had one dog from the raid at the center for adoption on Friday afternoon. Three other dogs available for adoption are in foster care. 

"We need to have mandatory spay and neuter laws, and we need to have a limit on how many animals a person can have," said Diane Sacripanti of the North Carolina Rottweiler Rescue, which is also helping find the dogs homes. "When people see a person who has numerous animals, they need to call law enforcement and turn these people in." 

Other organizations helping the dogs are Have a Heart Pet Rescue, Falkner Animal Rescue and Recovery and the Atheneus Humanities Foundation.


Neglected dogs find homes in Raleigh Neglected dogs find homes in Raleigh


The investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed.

Property records for the home show it belongs to Salvatore and Betty Jane Barone, Carolyn Burnham and Barbara Woodworth.

In 2009, 5 on Your Side did a story about Burnham, who was associated with websites that advertised as breeders. At the time, those companies got an "F" rating on by the Better Business Bureau.

The companies are no longer in business, according to the Better Business Bureau.


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  • Caroline Marie Aug 5, 2011

    I don't think there were any Bassett/Beagles. We can blame these people all we want to and I think it is horrible what these animals go through. But as long as people want the tiniest little dogs they can find and these so called designer/breeds, these money hungry "breeders" are going to keep this up. It's up to the public to refuse to buy dogs from puppy mills. If the consumer is gone, then there won't be a need for them to produce litter after litter. And, we need people that will make laws to prevent this kind of thing from happening. Longer jail time and bigger fines for this kind of "backyard" breeder (and for the people that run dog fighting rings). The house should be confiscated by the County and sold to the highest bidder and the proceeds go to the Animal Shelter and to spay and neuter programs and this should happen every time! Quit slapping them on the hand and letting them go.

  • ListentoMeNow Aug 5, 2011

    The people who are responsible for this deserve to be locked up for a long, long time. Unfortunately their punishment will not be severe and they will be at it again, just like the puppy mill operators do. A small fine and that's it. What has to be done for this to change. It would not do for me to meet up with one of these folks. I'd end up in jail for what I'd do to them for sure.

  • mlslawter75 Aug 5, 2011

    You report about the "F" from the BBB. Do you remember you all did a story in the last 12 months talking about how you could get an "F" for NOT paying dues to the BBB which is a membership organization? I have no faith in that statement you make nor they got the F for bad services. Have you ever been to the Wake County Shelter? Where they only tell you half of what is wrong with a dog you adopt? Or lie and tell you it is housebroken when it isn't? Or give false test reports about worms? Wake Co AC is notorious for that mess. Any wonder why the last and most recent center director is gone again and Tommy Esqueda is lost when it comes to running this place?? Show up there on a Sunday at opening and see the mad house. Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder could do better!

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Aug 5, 2011

    These people need to go to jail and stay there a while.

  • liskm Aug 5, 2011

    Hope all the animals find loving homes. Hope the 'breeders' get time in the cage!

  • msncbo Aug 5, 2011

    Were any of them Bassett Hound/Beagle? Ours was dog napped from DownEast NC ;()

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Aug 5, 2011

    Thank God for all these wonderful rescue groups, willing to step in and help, as well as the folks who are so willing to adopt these poor animals and give them what they deseve: A loving home!


  • jenbocock Aug 5, 2011

    I hope these poor animals get loving homes, they are suppose to be treated as family pets, not something that can make money, sounds like thats all they wanted those pittiful animals for, well, what comes around goes around & they will pay for mistreating these animals!!! God willing!!!!