Puppies Rescued from Mill in Charlotte, NC Finally Getting Proper Care

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Fifty-six dogs were rescued from a puppy mill in Charlotte, North Carolina that had been living in extremely poor conditions; having matted fur, being malnourished and just generally exhausted from their situation, are finally being given the love and care they need at the Humane Society of Charlotte.

The dogs arrived at the Humane Society location after workers staged a raid and rescue from a local puppy mill, keeping their dogs in some of the poorest living conditions some of the workers had ever seen.

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They had said it was more than likely that the dogs had never been indoors, rarely if ever received food or water, and even basic things like blankets to keep warm by those working at the mill.

This past Friday, vet staff at the Humane Society of Charlotte took time with each of the rescued animals.  They were given a full medical evaluation, heartworm treatments, medications and dental cleanings.

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A four-year-old Lhasa apso, named Lorelei by the vet staff, had a two-pound mat of fur on her back, quite literally the size of her body.  After being given about 30 minutes of basic grooming, she ended up weighing in four pounds less, and could finally wag her tail again.

“This is pretty close to the worst I’ve ever seen,” said Doctor Judi Vogt, the Charlotte shelter’s veterinarian.

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Acting on a tip this past Monday, animal control officers visited a Rutherford County home where they found the dogs in abysmal conditions.  When they had returned the following Wednesday, the dogs had been separated, and there were only seven dogs left at the house according to the police.  The 49 remaining dogs had been found being housed at several different locations by authorities on Thursday.

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There will be about 30 dogs staying with the Humane Society shelter in Charlotte.  Others will be going to partnering rescues.  Some of the dogs will actually be available for adoption very soon, but many others will need foster care before they can be put up.  This information came from Jorge Ortega, vice president of operations at the Humane Society.

“Thirty foster families are on deck,” Ortega said.

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The foster families will undergo training to learn the benefits and challenges that come along with fostering, and will also learn how to best care for the animals.  The goal is to have the dogs spend about two weeks with the foster families and then be rehabilitated enough to go up for adoption.

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If you wish to help, or for more information on the dogs available you can check out the Humane Society of Charlotte’s website, www.humanesocietyofcharlotte.org, by calling the Humane Society offices at 704-377-0534, or visit them at 2700 Toomey Ave., Charlotte, NC 28203.

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10 thoughts on “Puppies Rescued from Mill in Charlotte, NC Finally Getting Proper Care”

  1. So happy these precious fur-babies were finally rescued by angels in the disguise of humans. It was humans who subjected them to such horrific living conditions and it was human angels that saved them and giving them a 2nd chance to experience love and the touch of caring hands. May they all be blessed with finding their new fur-ever loving homes!!

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  2. The reason why it makes a difference as to the location because people will be looking to give these dogs a home and need to know the location.
    Can’t say enough thanks to the people who have rescued these dogs. I will never understand how anyone could treat a dog this way. I hope they get jail time.

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  3. The system is too lenient on this type of behavior. People who run puppy mills should get tougher sentences. Jail time for sure and a fine that would ruin them for life.

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  4. Thank the Lord these precious baby’s were rescued, I pray they will all get wonderful “forever homes with truley loving pet parents, they so deserve this! People always remember there are many many more of these puppy mills all over the country, if you live near any place where you know there are many animals barking, try your best to check out where it is coming from and the conditions on witch are involved, as it well might be a puppy mill in your own backyard that needs to be reported.Please we MUST WATCH OUT FOR THE ANIMALS, because they can’t speak up for their selves. And there sure seems to be so many crude worthless people out there that will do this kind of thing, we all need to keep our eyes and ears open….”for the animals”

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  5. Poo little puppies. They just want a home, food, warmth and some love. These vicious, selfish, ugly people see them only as chattel and abuse them until they die. I Wish the owners could be forced to live in the quarters where they kept these dogs and be fed only that which was fed to the dogs, and only as often as they were fed. Sounds pretty justified, to me.

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  6. As important as this story is, it’s also important to let people know what happened to the “animals” who ran the mill. Did they get arrested? Was the mill shut down? People who run mills need to be accountable for what they do to these innocent animals and these mills need to be shut down as well as the pet shops that sell their animals.

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