Fifty dogs have been removed from a breeding facility in Lenoir County, after authorities say they convinced the property owner to voluntarily shut down his facility.
The Humane Society says the small-breed dogs were found living in substandard conditions in outdoor pens. Local authorities say they inspected the property after an anonymous tip, but found no evidence of intentional abuse.
The property owner has agreed not to breed any more dogs in the future.
The Lenoir County Health Department then contacted the Humane Society for help in removing the dogs. They will be sent to Richmond and Washington, DC where they will be evaluated and placed for adoption.
It's the second time in a month that the Humane Society has helped in a dog rescue in Eastern Carolina, the other being hundreds of dogs seized at a suspected puppy mill in Wayne County.