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Wake rescue group rehabs dogs saved from Caldwell kennel

Posted June 26, 2011

— A Wake Forest-based animal rescue organization that took in dozens of dogs after a Caldwell County kennel was raided earlier this month is working to rehabilitate the animals and find them permanent homes.

Authorities took 276 dogs and puppies from Mason Creek Kennel, which they are calling a puppy mill, on June 18. About 60 of them wound up at Saving Grace Animal Rescue, which held a fundraiser Sunday night to help pay for the dogs' costly rehabilitation. 

At the rescue facility, the dogs are getting treatment they've never experienced before, said Molly Goldston, executive director of Saving Grace.

"They've never had the basics," Goldston said. "Getting a decent haircut, a bath, being out in fresh air, a decent diet."

She said the dogs are doing great, despite the horrendous conditions they were found in a little more than a week ago. Goldston said many of the animals had sores all over their bodies from sitting in their own waste and had been crammed into small, dirty cages.

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"Their paws are really sore because they've been kept in a tiny cage for so long. A lot of muscles atrophied," she said.

The dogs need to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, treated for heartworm and given proper dental care before they'll go up for adoption.

"We have a lot of people who want to adopt them, (but) we have to get all their medical care done first," Goldston said. "Some of these guys are going to take a little extra with the house breaking-in and socialization. We want to make sure people know that."

For information on adoption, visit the Saving Grace website.

The owner of Mason Creek Kennel, William Allen, was charged with more than 100 counts of animal cruelty and is due in court next month.


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  • St Ives Jun 27, 2011

    Yet our lawmakers refused ot pass a bill last year to end this kind of misery because the prok producers of this state feel the bill should not pass because it was sponsored by PETA and the pork producers do not like PETA. I will always vote agains anyone who voted against this bill coming ot a vote, because of greed

  • jscott13 Jun 27, 2011

    I hope that William Allen gets the maximum sentence possible. Horrible man...if you can even call him that.

  • Dark_Horse Jun 27, 2011

    And remember, if you can't get one of these dogs, there are still plenty available at the Wake Co. Animal Shelter and the Wake SPCA

  • ConcernedNCarolinian Jun 27, 2011

    Heather -

    You do it your way, and others will do it their way.

    If you're interested in the opportunity cost of each rescued animal, you'll quickly figure out it's not a science or a formula or an algorithm. Sure, there is a point when an animal should be put down because it is suffering.

    I am part of an animal shelter "friends" group - at a shelter that still gasses the animals. There have been two dogs that came through the shelter recently with severe demodectic mange. We got them out of there and to rescues that could help them. They are considered very healthy now. On the flip side of this, we've gotten animals out of there that are seemingly healthy, and then a few months later have to be euthanized (various reasons).

    More than likely, the dogs that were not euthanized right away will live on to be healthy dogs - but only because a rescue took interest. You can pull a seemingly healthy puppy at a local shelter and it could die in days because of parvo.

  • HereswhatIthink Jun 27, 2011

    So happy for these dogs! A big "Thank You" to all the rescue groups that stepped up to help. What Saving Grace did is what real rescue is all about. It is not their fault that others are dying in shelters - it is the fault of the people who did not spay and neuter their dogs, it is the fault of the people who wanted a puppy and then decided they no longer had time for it or were moving or having a baby and all that BS that those of us in rescue hear all the time. They are the reasons dogs and cats are dying everyday in shelters. Saw people this weekend trying to sell or give away puppies at Wal-Mart, I wanted to stop and give them a good 30 minute lecture on spaying and neutering and about how many puppies die every day!

  • AuntySocial Jun 27, 2011

    Because most of the surrounding states have anti-puppy mill laws and we don't, expect more of these horrible places to be here. Only the worst have something done about them. For every one that you read about, there are 2-3 more that you don't.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 27, 2011

    Adopt don't shop.

    NC kills over 250,000 animals every year, because people are too ignorant or selfish to spay/neuter.

  • TechRescue Jun 27, 2011

    "Wish the story said where we could donate."

    Click the link in the story - they have a variety of options.

  • Jenb64 Jun 27, 2011

    You can donate at They have a donate button on the main page. A family member has fostered animals for Saving Grace before and what I love about them is that they really make sure the animals are ready to go out in the world. If they are not ready to socialize with people properly, Molly will not allow them to be adopted out until they are. The one's that need extra help often go to into a foster situation with an experienced pet owner that can help them get ready for adoption. She spends time making sure the adoption is a good fit with the humans as well as the dogs.

    So glad these poor, neglected animals get to go to Saving Grace!

  • Scubagirl Jun 27, 2011

    "Wish the story said where we could donate"

    Saving Grace Animal Rescue-link to them is in the story. GCAS also took some in as did others around the state