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Bulldogs seized from breeder in October still waiting to be adopted

Posted December 23, 2019 12:39 p.m. EST

— Dozens of English bulldogs and French bulldogs seized in an alleged case of animal cruelty are spending Christmas in the custody of Orange County Animal Services while the county waits for permission to adopt them out.

Cynthia Riggan, 65, and her son, Taylor Doar, 35, were arrested in October after 57 dogs and puppies were seized from two properties. They were apparently running a breeding operation from their home on Alexander Drive in Chapel Hill. Both are charged with animal cruelty.

Bob Marotto, Orange County Animal Services director, said the dogs were cared for and treated – some for skin or eye conditions, others for fleas or other parasites – at a cost to the county.

“They will be held at our facility as we go through the legal process," Marotto said, noting that the care for the dogs would amount to more than $1,000 per day.

On Monday, an Orange County spokesman said the end of that limbo was in sight after a hearing to legally release the dogs from the custody of Riggan and Doar to the county. Once the district attorney has assured the animal services that all evidence for the criminal case has been collected, the dogs will be available for adoption. That could take a few weeks.

Orange County Animal Services has also petitioned the court to ask that Riggan and Doar reimbuse the county for the cost of boarding and treating the animals.

Anyone who wants to help contribute for the dogs' care can send a donation to Orange County Animal Services, 1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

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