Anonymous Tip Leads HSUS to Massive Puppy Mill Operation

Nearly 130 animals were rescued from a suspected puppy mill in North Carolina after an anonymous call directed authorities to the property. The Humane Society of the United States worked closely with Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office to safely transport the animals to safety.

“North Carolina is one of a handful of states that has failed to enact any regulations for commercial dog breeders,” said Erica Geppi, North Carolina state director for The HSUS. “The HSUS is urging the North Carolina legislature to enact meaningful reform that can prevent puppy mill cruelty in the state.”

Operating under a search and seizure warrant on, Cabarrus County officials found 105 dogs, 20 cats and three goats confined to the property. While some were pregnant, and others had been living with serious untreated medical issues for some time, trained staff from the Cabarrus Animal Hospital did the best they could to provide relief for the animals.