Updated:BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. —
Animal rescue crews rescued 57 dogs from a suspected puppy mill in Brunswick County and transported them to Charlotte.
Representatives of national organizations were called in to assist the Brunswick and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Offices in the rescue of the dogs.
Crews said they were stunned Friday when they found more than 100 dogs living in a trailer without electricity.
Officials said cages were stacked on top of each other and garbage was scattered throughout.
A Humane Society official said the size of the home exacerbated an already bad condition for the dogs.
"These dogs deserve to have their feet on the ground, live with a loving family and not be used as breeding machines," said Shelly Moore, President of the Humane Society of Charlotte. "We are so glad that we can be a resource to help these neglected dogs."
The dog’s owners were arrested and are expected to face charges.
For emergency needs, the Humane Society of Charlotte is accepting monetary donations and supplies to assist with fostering the puppies and dogs; need items include: gently used towels, puppy pads, canned dog food, Esbilac, puppy food (for nursing mother dogs) and Ziploc gallon sized freezer bags (for food storage). These items can be dropped off at their 2700 Toomey Avenue shelter. The office is open from 11am - 6pm this weekend.