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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In a two-county sting operation, sheriff’s deputies coordinated to bust a dog breeding operation Friday afternoon. It was profitable for the owners, but deplorable for the animals.

“I’m shocked to say the least,” Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said. “Personally I’ve never seen anything quite like this. The inside of the residences and behind the residence are some of the worst conditions I’ve ever experienced on anything I’ve ever been on.”

An anonymous tip led law enforcement to a house at 2059 Mako Road in Brunswick County, where the Sheriff’s Office and Humane Society found conditions they called horrible.

The house had dogs packed together in dirty conditions with no air conditioning.

“There are approximately 100 to 120 animals in this house. This is a breeding facility. The staging area for this is in New Hanover (County),” said, Kim Alboum, North Carolina Director of the Humane Society of the US, who coordinated today’s raid with law enforcement. “This is where all the puppies are born and where all the mothers are, and this is a puppy mill.”

New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies raided another house near UNCW and found more dogs involved in the breeding operation.

Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Amelia and Andrew Millis in connection with the operation and the filthy conditions of the animals.

Both Brunswick County and new Hanover County Sheriff’s offices will continue to investigate and determine what charges the Millises will face.

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18 Comments on "Two-county sting busts puppy mill"

2015 years 9 months ago

You’re right. There “is” others out there just like them, so hopefully the high bond will make the others think twice about their own actions.

As to your question about laws, I’ll bite! There are animal cruelty laws in place, which include very simple things like access to food & clean water, that were broken. Having untreated parasite infections to the point of needing blood transfusions or untreated broken jaws also falls under negligence as an owner. Whether you have 1 dog or 150 dogs in this condition, it is against the law.

The stricter laws some are (rightly) calling for are in regards to to over-breeding for profit, period. Laws that would stop these backyard puppy millers from setting up “shop” and having this many dogs in the first place.

Perhaps you should spend more time helping the least of us – suffering animals included – and less time preaching.

2015 years 9 months ago

Look here people!

These two people may have been wrong in having more dogs then they could care for, but they have not killed anyone here or murdered anyone, so why a high bond, when there is others just like them out in this world?

These two peoples bond is like what a murderer would get if they killed someone!!

You people who are making a big deal over this, need to read your Bibles more about people on Earth and animals are listed as which is important.

How can you charge someone when there is no law in force for the charge? Can anyone answer that for me?

GuestMary Crofton
2015 years 9 months ago

Nothing makes me any madder than someone treating innocent dogs to such horrible conditions. The police should put the Mills>the owners of the puppy mill in cages in the same trailer with no air or heat!!!!!!~!~!~!~“I hope the Mills get severly punished.

2015 years 9 months ago

Could anyone tell me where to go to adopt one of these dogs. Thanks

kathy rhyne
2015 years 9 months ago

Sick people for what they were doing. person who told use to read the the Bible and find out where animals were rated needs to re-read Bible. Don’t believe animal torture and cruelty are mentioned to be acceptable. All other comments are same as mine: put Millis away in a crowded cage with 100 others, no air heat, exposed to diseases oh, and don’t forget to break their jaws and take out their nails first! Happy folks they’d be. Lots of us would sure like to be the judge on that case. Beyond sickening is all I can say.


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