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GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -
Gaston County Animal Control officers are investigating a dog owner who came to the shelter with more than 30 animals that the owner said they could no longer take care of.
According to posts on the Gaston County Animal Control's Facebook page, the owner turned over animals on March 12 and 13.
Animal Control Officer Steve Hay said most of them not properly tagged or vaccinated.
"Some unclean conditions and some dog houses that had fallen apart and some cases of feces in certain areas of the backyard that needed to be cleaned up," he said. "I think she realized she was in over her head and that happens."
Animal control officers confirmed the Web site's postings to WBTV News Wednesday.
The dogs were living at a home on Maple Crest Drive, which is in southern Gaston County.
The owner was issued a citation for not getting all the required shots for the animals and some of them were not registered, animal control officials said.
Many of the dogs have already been euthanized but there is still time to save the other dogs.
Marsha Mason, who rescues dogs, stopped by the shelter Thursday hoping to save some of them.
"When one person has 30 or 40 dogs, they don't have the time to give them the personal care they need to be a socialized dog to be able to interact with people," she said.
Animal Control told WBTV all of the adult dogs have been deemed rescue only. However, the puppies are still available for adoption.
Officers have not said if the owner will face any additional charges such as animal cruelty. The owner's name has not been released.