• 56 dogs seized from suspected puppy mill get treatment in Charlotte


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - More than 50 dogs rescued from Rutherford County are now in Charlotte getting some much needed care.

    Channel 9 went to the Charlotte Humane Society Friday to check in on the dogs.

    Many of them had more extensive medical exams including blood work to check for heartworms.

    Channel 9 asked how much time it was taking veterinarians and volunteers to work on each dog.

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    “They're so severely matted that they have to be sedated in order to be groomed and shaved down and for all the exams to take place probably spending anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour per dog,” said Jorge Ortega.

    As for adoption, Ortega said that depends on the severity of the dogs’ injuries.

    Deputies said the puppies were once part of a puppy mill being operated behind the home in Rutherford County.

    A tip led them to find the dogs, which include shih tzu's, English bulldogs, and Yorkies.

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