FIRST ON WITN: Puppy Owners Jailed After Court Appearance

The owners of 88 dogs seized Wednesday in Jones County are back in jail after a court hearing this morning.

Glenn and Joyce Brown face 63 charges of animal cruelty after deputies and animal abuse experts say they found a puppy mill at their Highway 41 home.

The two were originally released on $10,000 bond, but prosecutors successfully got those changed to secured bonds. The two were handcuffed in the courtroom and taken away.

The Brown's have a court date of June 29th now set.

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The suspects in the case, Glen and Joyce Brown now face 63 charges of animal cruelty, and deputies say more charges may follow. Both suspects were booked under a $10,000 bond.

Today, the animals are at a facility in Wake County, where veterinarians are checking out the animals rescued Wednesday. It's not clear when the animals will be up for adoption or how that process will work.

The couple have their first court appearance Friday morning.

The Jones County Sheriff's Office says it is thankful for the assistance on this investigation by the Humane Society of the United States. Jones County officials say their animal cruelty investigator is not a funded position.

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Nearly 90 dogs were rescued in Jones County today at what authorities call a large-scale puppy mill.

The two suspects face 63 charges of animal cruelty and deputies say more charges may follow.

Deputies say no one was found at the home on Highway 41 outside of Trenton when they executed search warrants for the property. Those warrants say a woman who came to purchase one of the dogs noticed over 50 chihuahuas in cages, most without water and others standing in feces.

Authorities now say they have found dozens of french bull dogs and chihuahuas.

The Humane Society is assisting deputies at the scene and the dogs are being taken to the Wake County SPCA shelter.

One of those helping with today's rescue, Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. She made the trip and hopes legislation is enacted that prevent these things from happening. "Really for us it's about going back and spreading the word...especially being in New York, people tend to go to dog stores," Bloomberg told WITN.

So far there have been no charges brought against the property owners, Glen and Joyce Brown.

The dogs were transported to the Wake County SPCA holding center in Garner. They will be examined and treated by veterinarians before being eligible for adoption or foster care. The dogs in the worst shape were taken to an urgent care facility for medical care.

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