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Puppy mill operators convicted on animal cruelty charges

Posted May 25, 2012

— A Jones County couple who ran a suspected puppy mill were found guilty Thursday of 38 counts of animal cruelty.

Glen and Joyce Brown, who were acquitted on 25 other charges, were placed on probation for two years. During that time they won't be allowed to own any animals, and the only animal allowed on their property would be their granddaughter's dog.

The couple's lawyer said they plan to appeal the ruling to Superior Court.

Authorities seized 88 dogs from the Browns' rural property in March. The dogs were turned over to the Wake County SPCA, the Guilford County Animal Shelter and a veterinarian's office for care and eventual adoption.


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  • ufcx3 May 29, 2012

    So does that mean after 2 yrs of probation they can have any animal? There needs to be stricter laws when it comes to animal cruelty. ridiculous. These people should have got prison time instead. some may disagree but that is my opinion! Makes me sick to see the way these poor animal's get treated. :(

  • akomashere May 25, 2012

    I thought animal cruelty was able to be charged as a felony. With 38 counts of ANY charge, especially one as heinous as the case here (photos from spca), our judicial system should be ashamed of themselves to allow these people to only receive 2 years of animal free probation.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 May 25, 2012

    Sadly, this is a common type story. Heard more and more. I don't see how these people live with themselves. Oh, I fogot: They don't do anything wrong! They are just trying to make a living! LOL! Right!!!!



  • AlbertEinstein May 25, 2012

    We have a couple of "mills" in our subdivision in Franklin County. Reported many times, the breeding continues - one mill actually had a couple of their dogs get loose and ultimately bit a child, needless to say, the dogs no longer exist. However, the mill still continues. So very sad.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 25, 2012

    Scubagirl pleads, "PLEASE write to your representatives and ask them to pass this ASAP before more animals suffer needlessly!"

    The Republicans are in charge. Why, on earth, would they show any compassion?

    When trying to pass animal cruelty laws, which group do you think fights us the hardest? They would repeal the current laws if they could. It's "big gubmint", dontchaknow.

  • Scubagirl May 25, 2012

    One point for the animals! {{{don't know why my first post was apparently offensive}}} Probation is not a stiff enough punishment IMO. I think putting them in a cage, as they did to the animals, would be fitting in this case. Give them a taste of their own medicine.

    NC needs laws against puppy mills! PLEASE write to your representatives and ask them to pass this ASAP before more animals suffer needlessly!

  • luvmyjackrascal May 25, 2012

    we badly need government to step in and regulate this "industry".

    YES WE DO!

  • lec02572 May 25, 2012

    Wow, with such sorry laws on the books to protect animals from this type of abuse, why even waste the time charging them? We need laws that will put a bite in these people, like some really high fines and jail time. They are going to appeal this slack punishment, come on, Really! Maybe, the superior court should remand it back to the lower court for greater punishment.

  • dogluv3r May 25, 2012

    Hooray for the animals, but we need to be locking these people up.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 25, 2012

    NC has some of the slackest animal cruelty laws in the U.S. and we therefore have more than our fair share of abuse.

    Add in the fact that we euthanize over 250,000 animals every year.

    IMO, we badly need government to step in and regulate this "industry".