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UPDATE: Mill puppies adopted; still more dogs that need homes

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- UPDATE: RACE is no longer accepting applications for the mill puppies. Once the applicants are verified, all the pups will soon have homes. However, there are still plenty of dogs and cats who need loving homes. For a look at RACE's animals, visit: http://www.raceshelter.org.
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Because there are no laws against dog-breeding operations in North Carolina, some refer to our state as puppy mill central. But a two-county sting in southeastern North Carolina has been busted, and the owners pleaded guilty. The animals are now being cared for by rescue groups around the area. One of those groups helping to foster the mill puppies held an adoption Saturday.

"It's just so sad that someone could do that to any animal. The conditions that those puppies were in; those folks were just bad people,” said Tina Hughes, who is looking to adopt. “I hope they get what they deserve."

Hughes is looking to add another four-legged friend to her family. She stopped by Rescue Animals Community Effort's adoption Saturday at Aunt Kerry’s Pet Stop in Wilmington to check out Scrappy, one of the females used to breed puppies for the busted Brunswick County mill.

Scrappy and Milo are the only two mill dogs ready to be taken home. The others are still too young and need some more time in their foster homes.

RACE President Cheri McLain has some advice for people looking to adopt dogs from a mill.

"If you're getting an older puppy mill dog, you need to be patient and treat them like a puppy and give them time to learn how to be a dog like a dog is supposed to live," McLain said.

"That's all they need is love and some attention," Hughes said. "We have lots of that to give, so we are just really excited, and we're just so grateful that there are just such wonderful people like this who do so much good for animals that are in this situation."

The situation in Brunswick County was bad, 158 dogs in a trailer with no power. The rescued pups had to be groomed, treated for fleas and checked for medical and dental issues.

McLain says suspicious activity is often easy to spot.

"If they want to meet you somewhere to give you the dog, if they are not willing to show you papers or screen you and screen your application, then it's probably a puppy mill," McLain warned. "And if you're buying it offline, it's probably a puppy mill."

The Brunswick County mill primarily bred Poodles, Pomeranians, Schnauzers, Malti-poos, Lhasa Apsos and Shih Tzu mixes.

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puppy mill pups

It is really unbelievable that these people have been operational for years, greater than 10 and nothing was ever done. Thanks to the Sheriff's Dept taking over Animal Control, this type of animal abuse has been stopped. Why could this not have been accomplished years ago is everyones guess. My guess is because none of the controlling agencies, (animal control New Hanover) never tried.

PUPPY MILLS IN NO. CAROLINA

THOSE POOR, POOR ANIMALS!! THINK IT'S WELL PAST THE TIME TO HAVE A
LAW THAT WILL BE ENFORCED IN NORTH CAROLINA AGAINST PUPPY MILLS. WHY
ISN'T THERE ONE ALREADY? HOW MANY STORIES LIKE THIS ONE DOES IT TAKE
TO HAVE THIS LAW IN NC AND ENFORCED????

ANIMAL LOVER

The lack of compassion for

The lack of compassion for animals is heartbreaking in this area..they're treated like trash. Cats and dogs are so dependant on us and give back so much love for a little care. The shelters and Humane Society make excuses they can't do anything about protecting the animals...they just destroy them every 72 hours. Our politicans, veteranians and Humane Society should be ashamed. What is so hard about passing legislation to prevent puppy mills, penalities for neglecting pets? They can do it when they want a pay raise. If all the vets in this area would donate their services one day a month or two to spay and neuter it would make a huge difference as well. Most people can't afford the fees. Veterinarians should be the leading force for changes but I guess the all mighty dollar counts more than the suffering of these poor animals. One more embarrassing strike against our beautiful state....

puppy mill

misdemeanor for the humans responsible, life-sentence for the poor dogs? what's wrong with this picture???

who do we contact?

Please provide contact name and party so we can view the dogs available.

Puppy mill

This is where they had alot of people fooled, they showed the dogs in thier New Hanover county home and people like myself was unaware of the home they had in Brunswick county with all the dogs. When you met them they really seemed to love the dogs. I learned alot from this:( Its very unfortunate you can't trust people at all these days.

Where can you see the other

Where can you see the other rescue dogs?