Woman Accused Of Running Puppy Mill On Trial

The trial of a woman accused of running a puppy mill will continue this morning.

Virginia Thornton of Mount Olive in Wayne County faces a dozen misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty. The Humane Society seized nearly 300 dogs from her kennel in February.

A former Humane Society Director testified Wednesday that he warned Thornton many times to improve the conditions of her kennel, but saw no improvement. That's according to WRAL.

Many of the animals seized in February were emaciated, had untreated cuts and were living in filthy conditions.

We'll keep you posted on the trial.


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  • by Amanda Location: Kinston on Aug 13, 2009 at 08:48 AM
    I think they should shave her and place her in a confined kennel - like prison - and see how she likes it. It actually sounds like prison would be an improvement to what these animals went through. Have all the dogs been adopted? I would be happy to adopt one into my loving home.
  • by betty Location: cortland on Aug 13, 2009 at 08:33 AM
    I agree with Donna, throw this jerk into jail and throw away the key. Maybe if we start treating these type of people the same way they treat these animals maybe it would stop.
  • by Donna Location: Goldsboro on Aug 13, 2009 at 07:22 AM
    I really hope my comment gets posted. Why would WITN WANT to protect and go easy on a person such as this?????? My dog I got from this thing is doing wonderful despite what mental issues face her. She finally looks like the proud pom that God wanted her to be, all her hair has grown in. This woman shaved her. God only knows what these poor little animals have experienced. Throw her in jail, and throw away the key.
  • by Donna Location: Goldsboro on Aug 13, 2009 at 04:19 AM
    Personally speaking as one who has a dog and her puppy from this mill, I hope this pig of a human ROTS in jail. She deserves anything and everything evil to happen to her. She is filth, she is a pile of feces. My Ava is one of the most beautiful, precious,and sweetest dogs I have ever had the good fortune to meet. Thank God she along with all those other dogs were rescued from this satanic and worthless woman.
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