UPDATE: Neighbors speak out about suspected puppy mill
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Puppies in crowded cages living in filth inside a Leland home. That’s what the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says they found Thursday.
A spokeswoman with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said 19 dogs have been taken from a Leland area home.
Emily Flax said deputies seized the dogs, many puppies, from a home on Glendale Drive starting at 11:00 a.m. She said the Miniature Pinschers, or “Min Pins,” were being kept in deplorable conditions and covered in feces. Some dogs were without water or the water was filthy, she said.
The dogs are being cleaned and taken care of now by Brunswick County Animal Control. Clenton M. Howard, 66, who deputies said was breeding and selling the dogs for profit, has been charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals. More charges could be filed. Neighbors were stunned by the news.
“I had no idea that there was 19 dogs inside his house and I’m his neighbor,” said one man who wished not to be identified. “The smell is horrible we smell it all the way over here.”
The sheriff’s office says there are ways you can help the dogs besides just giving money.
“Puppy food, a lot of these animals are deficient with their nutrition and the puppy food really helps replenish that. So anything along those lines will be greatly appreciated and will be put to good use,” said Emily Flax, with the sheriff’s office.
She says the animals are not available for adoption now because they are considered evidence and the investigation is ongoing.