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Puppy mill operators convicted on animal cruelty charges

Posted May 25, 2012 11:36 a.m. EDT

— 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.