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At least 20 dogs were surrendered from a small puppy mill in Pamlico County last Wednesday, many of which are now with Triangle-area rescues.
Courtesy of Saving Grace Animals for AdoptionDogs getting ready for a new life as they load the Saving Grace van
WNCT reported that authorities had been watching the dogs’ living conditions deteriorate for a while before they were able to take any action. The dogs, mostly Chihuahuas, Shih Tzus and Pomeranians according to the New Bern Sun Journal, had skin and eye infections, open sores, dental problems, and were malnourished. Berkley Hill, a Pamlico County Animal Control Officer, told WNCT that the dogs’ health issues were directly related to their poor living conditions. He went on to say that some were living in the backyard, where grass had grown to waist height and feces was scattered throughout the weeds.
There have been no charges filed and no names released in relation to this case. The owner did voluntarily surrender her animals to animal control, which included the almost two dozen dogs, a parrot, ferret and cat.
While some of the animals have gone to a New Bern-based rescue, most are now in foster care through two Triangle-based rescues: Saving Grace Animals for Adoption and Pawfect Match Rescue. The dogs should be available for adoption in the coming weeks.
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