GARNER, N.C. -- Dogs are happy and on the road to health at the SPCA in Garner.
But it was different tale on Wednesday when they were taken from a suspected puppy mill in Pender County.
"We found dogs that were in horrendous conditions, muddy cages, no way to get dry from the rain. Many of the dogs had eye infections, ear infections, skin infections and matting. It was a typical neglect scene," said Kim Alboum, the N.C. Director for the Humane Society of the United States.
More than 100 animals were taken from a house in Pender County after someone reported they bought a dog there that was ill.
It was the 14th puppy mill bust the Humane Society of the United States has participated in in the state over the last three years.
"We have no regulations for people that sell dogs directly to the general public, so if you want to open a puppy mill, North Carolina is the place to be," Alboum said.
The owner of the dogs said, "A lot of people dropped their dogs off here cause they didn't want them. They're older dogs, and I found homes for some of them. I couldn't see not feeding them and taking care of them. I bought dog food. I used a lot of dog food to feed these dogs, and I did not have no poor dogs, and I didn't really have no sick dogs."
The owner said charges are still pending.
The dogs are healing and will be ready for adoption in the near future.
"We have so much faith in the SPCA of Wake County. They have already started rehabilitating these dogs as well as the Guilford County Animal Shelter, and we expect all of them to find loving homes," Alboum said.
To adopt one of the dogs, please contact the SPCA of Wake County at (919) 772-2326 or Guilford County Animal Shelter at (336) 297-5020.