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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Puppy Mill operators plead guilty

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A couple accused of running a puppy mill has pleaded guilty to two dozen counts of animal cruelty in Brunswick County. Amelia and Andrew Millis entered their pleas today.

Prosecutors say the Millises will be placed on 36 months of probation. They are also under an order for a lifetime ban on possession of animals for either personal or commercial purposes. The are also subject to frequent, warrantless searches for compliance.

The Millises were also ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution or surrender all of the animals in their possession. They turned over all of their animals to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, including 158 dogs and 29 birds. The animals have been placed in the care of various rescue groups throughout North Carolina.

If you want to help, some of the dogs from the Millis' puppy mill will be up for adoption starting Saturday, at Aunt Kerry’s Pet Shop, 3600 S. College Rd in Wilmington from 10 AM until 2 PM.

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