CABARRUS COUNTY, NC (FOX 46) - After rescuing more than 140 dogs, cats and goats from a suspected puppy mill in Cabarrus County, the Humane Society of the United States is now transferring the animals to their Emergency Placement Partners throughout North Carolina.
Dogs and cats of all ages rescued from deplorable conditions in Cabarrus County have already started arriving at local shelters.
"Some of these dogs have never, ever touched the ground. They have been in cages all their lives," Vice President of Operations for The Humane Society of Charlotte Jorge Ortega said.
Eighteen puppies/dogs arrived at the Humane Society of Charlotte (HSC) on Tuesday afternoon. Most of them are yorkies and poodles, officials said. Their ages range from eight weeks to ten years.
Those animals will be made available for adotption on Tuesday, October 11, according to HSC.
The animals suffer from a variety of issues including dental problems, skin conditions and heart worm. According to the Vice President of Operation Jorge Ortega, these dogs coming in will need a special type of owner to take on the challenge.
"It's someone that's open minded and willing to understand that I'm not here to adopt because of the breed of the dog. I'm here to adopt because I understand the challenges that are ahead of me and I'm willing to work with those challenges and make this home the last home will ever need," Ortega said.
Only 18 dogs of the 140 animals are at the Humane Society of Charlotte due to costs. The Humane Society sent the rest of the 140 animals to other animal shelters nearby so that one shelter isn't bearing the brunt of all the medical expenses.
According to the Humane Society, the average cost of care for one dog at the shelter can be as much as $50 per dog, per day.
The Humane Society also has advice for anyone looking to adopt. Most shelters do have pure bred dogs but if you plan on still going for a breeder, make sure to check them out first.
"Do your homework. definitely check up on that individual, that business.and that they aren't keeping animals in this conditions because the last thing you want to do is support a business that is treating animals like these are treated," Ortega said.
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