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More than 20 dogs rescued from suspected Alexander Co. puppy mill, officials say

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ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

More than 20 dogs and one parrot were rescued Friday from what officials are calling a suspected puppy mill in Alexander County.

According to the Humane Society, the animals were found after the Alexander County Sheriff's Office served a search and seizure warrant on the property.

Rescuers say the animals were suffering from lack of veterinary care, and had no access to clean water or food. They were also living in "filthy conditions" and had little to no protection from the cold weather.

North Carolina state director for The HSUS Kim Alboum said, "The deplorable conditions these dogs were forced to live in are heartbreaking - we're grateful to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office for taking swift action and letting us help rescue these animals. This is the 16th puppy mill we've rescued animals from since June 2011. We're hopeful North Carolina legislators will stop this terrible suffering in 2014 by passing stronger laws to protect these animals."

The dogs were taken to the Humane Society of Charlotte where they will be evaluated, given the medical treatment they require, and placed in foster homes.

Officials told WBTV that the owner agreed to surrender the animals.

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