The SPCA of Wake County will receive at least 14 dogs rescued from the raid of a dog-breeding operation in Stokes County yesterday.
Workers with the Humane Society of the US assisted Stokes County Animal Control officers in the raid at Danbury, just north of Winston-Salem, pulling more than 150 dogs from a breeder called Dan River Bullies.
Kim Alboum, the Humane Society director for North Carolina, said the conditions at the puppy mill were especially deplorable. "Our volunteers would go in to remove puppies from cages and scream because there were mice in the cages with the little puppies," Alboum said.
According to a statement released by the Humane Society, Stokes County law enforcement became concerned after the owner turned over 11 dogs in poor physical condition to the Stokes County Humane Society.
A search and seizure warrant was served on Dan River Bullies Tuesday morning, and the owner surrendered the dogs to Stokes County Animal Control.
Most of the dogs were French Bulldogs and Chihuahuas, but other small breeds were also rescued.
Phil Handy, director of Animal Control for Stokes County, said he could not believe something like that could happen in Stokes County. "I'm relieved we were able to come to the aid of these dogs today," he said.
Dogs are being transported to other animal shelters. Darci Van Der Silk of the Wake SPCA said the Guilford County Animal Shelter is holding 14 dogs for them, but that the SPCA is willing to take more if necessary. Wake plans to retrieve the dogs tomorrow.
Charges are expected to be filed against the breeders once veterinarians assess the medical condition of all the dogs.