Largest Puppy Mill Raid in North Carolina History

Approximately 300 dogs were taken from a suspected puppy mill Friday in Eastern Carolina in what is being called the biggest puppy mill raid ever in North Carolina. Rescuers say when they arrived at the property they were greeted by a gruesome scene. The dogs, mainly Lhasa Apso, Shih-Tzus and Chihuahuas, were suffering from serious medical ailments and housed in filthy conditions.

Animal control says many of the dogs were emaciated, had untreated lacerations, severely matted fur and serious skin and eye infections. Authorities say they were being housed in unheated cages inside unventilated barns and outhouses. A web site for Thorton Kennels says it specializes in small breed dogs and has been in operation for almost 35 years. Sadly, two of the puppies died later in the day and two more were taken to an animal hospital.

It amazes me that people can be so infatuated with making money that they could treat innocent animals so inhumanely. Those of you thinking about adding a pet to your family, please do not purchase animals from places like Petco or a breeder you are not familiar with. If you must use a breeder, make sure to research them thoroughly to make sure you are not supporting a puppy mill. I would ask you, however, to not purchase an over-priced animal but to support your local animal shelter and give a needy animal a good home. We have two rescues ourselves and we wouldn't have it any other way.

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Hey rookies its me u know who i am , just read the blog n omg it breaks my heart cuz we own a lab n a cat also but the love of animals for me is like they part of our family. One cant treat em like nuttin u know, we've had it all from all kinds of birds to snakes, guiena pigs etc n all were treated like part of the family so the hell with to make the ole mighty dollar off of em............. xoxoxox from ME

PetSmart uses a no-kill shelter for their pets, I got a cat from them about 6 years ago.

I highly suggest getting pets from a shelter, and when at all possible, use a no-kill shelter.