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Officials seeking charges after discovery of puppy mill

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Courtesy The Humane Society of the United States Courtesy The Humane Society of the United States
IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Officials with Iredell County Animal Services are seeking charges for a homeowner after nearly 60 dogs were seized from a suspected puppy mill in Iredell County Wednesday.

In as statement released Wednesday by the Humane Society of the United States, the Iredell County Sheriff's Office found poodles and maltese dogs and puppies living in deplorable conditions when serving a warrant at the property.

"It's definitely heart breaking," said Brad Gates, Director of Iredell County Animal Services. "Knowing that we got those animals out of that environment and brought them into a better environment is just a wonderful thing."

The dogs and puppies were found with matted fur, living in stacked cages that were causing injuries to the animals. Several were found suffering from untreated medical issues.

"There was feces piled up five to six inches deep," said Gates. "You could tell it hadn't been cleaned for months - maybe years." 

Iredell County Animal Control was assisted by The Humane Society of the United States, Guilford County Animal Shelter and Iredell County Animal Shelter in removing the dogs. 

"For far too long, dogs have been suffering like this in puppy mills across the North Carolina. This rescue, along with the 16 other we've assisted with in the past 3 years, demonstrates the need for stronger laws in North Carolina," said Kim Alboum, North Carolina state director for the HSUS.

"We're so grateful to Iredell County Animal Control for coming to the aid of these dogs."

The dogs were split between the Iredell County Animal Shelter and Guilford County Animal Shelter for examination and medical treatment. 

There's no word yet on whether the owner will face charges. 

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