Breeder Arrested, Charged In Wilson County Puppy Mill Bust

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office animal enforcement division reports it has arrested the breeder of the puppy mill located on Lloyd Rd. in Wilson County last week.

The breeder arrested is Ranna Michelle Scott, age 38, of 5559 Lloyd Road in Wilson County.

She has been charged with 13 counts of felony cruelty to animals and has been placed in Wilson County jail under a $20,000 secured bond.

Lawmen say the investigation is still ongoing. They ask anyone with information concerning this breeder or the location of any of the animals to please contact the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Animal Enforcement Division at 252-265-5971.



181 dogs were removed in a puppy mill bust in the east over the weekend and now authorities say the breeder face 13 counts of felony animal cruelty.

Only two dogs of the 181 seized are still in Wilson County, they are in isolation because of behavioral problems.

Animal Control says because there were so many dogs they had to set up a facility at the Wilson County Fairgrounds where Humane Society workers and volunteers worked to evaluate and treat them, before they were sent to other shelters.

Dr. Steven walker says many of the animals had ant bites, excessive flees, ticks, and a various number of other medical problems.

He says they were living in terrible conditions.

Police say they are not going to release the name of the breeder until Thursday morning.

And they can't release video of the dogs until the case is closed.


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  • by truth Location: usa on Sep 6, 2009 at 07:10 AM
    Breeding dogs simply should not be left up to novice people who must hide in order to breed and sell dogs. These same people if properly licensed and trained would be more of an asset. Instead we have a bunch of un constitutional non profits taking law into thier hands forcing illegal search and seasures without due process. All these breeders are guilty to these non profit . All of there dogs are takne and resold as rescues across the country. Most of the time within a weeks time. The undesirable dogs they steal. They kill. This coun try need to wake up and stop this. Non profits should sue money on study on what is the ethical way to care for a kennel of dogs instead of using money to amke more money by degrading thier competition dog breeders. Non Proits kill more then they rescue. Rescue dogs end up back on the streets because many times they were the wrong pet for the wrong peron. a rescue is not an easy pet to live with and not for everyone.
  • by Ashley Location: Kinston on Sep 4, 2009 at 11:42 AM
    Chris - I completely agree with a right to an opinion, that is why I love to read the comments section of WITN and the Kinston Free Press so often and participate myself. I also appreciate your tact, honesty, and the fact that you have an opinion, as there are many around that do not even know what is going on in the world. However, when stereotypes and racism are included in each articles posting section I get a little upset. I apologize for the tone however, not the sentiment. I would like to straighten out my previous post in regards to you. I did find you to be stereotyping the owners of pit bulls but I did not intend to insinuate that you were making racist remarks. I have the feeling that you understand that but others reading may not and I don't want someone to get the wrong idea.
  • by Inside info Location: Bertie on Sep 4, 2009 at 07:53 AM
    Someone in my family has been involved with this woman for quite a while, breeding LARGE amounts of purebred (and inbred) dogs for cash, normally driving to VA to prey on ignorant people with a little bit of money to spend who want a "cute little dog". None are pitts. They're Poms, poodles and Shih-tzus and its horribly upsetting. Its embarrassing to know that people in our community would stoop that low to make some money. I am SOOO happy she's been arrested and hope many more arrests and investigations are begun because of this.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 3, 2009 at 07:57 PM
    Chris, this mentality is akin to riding through the ghetto and forming the opinion that all blacks are drug dealers, simply because of your perception of that one location. In reality, the ill bred, improperly kept pit bull is the exception to the rule. It does not take a rocket scientest to figure out that if 90% of the media coverage involving the dogs is bad you will form that perception without truly having experience to form an opinion from. Until you have experience with the breed that amounts to more than myths and stereotypes, your opinion is nothing more than an ill informed, predjudiced stereotype. As far as dogs that do not meet breed standards, simply put, they are not pit bulls. They are mixed breed dogs with traits similar to that of a bull breed dog. If you spot a 185lb. black lab, chances are, it's not a black lab. Bull breeds are commonly misidentified, as there are 25 unrelated breeds and the only lord knows how many mixed breed dogs with similar appearance.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Sep 3, 2009 at 06:41 PM
    Thanks Dave and Ashley for your comments. All we can do on the internet is make a comment based on our own perception of life and the things around us. Prejudice or not, it does not take a rocket scientist to see who the majority of people owning these dogs are and what these dogs are kept for. I realize that deep down on some sweet corner lot, a very nice respecful family probably own's the cutest pitt bull with little mickey mouse collars and all. The problem with that is they are the exception to the rule, and for arguments sake probably one of the few well bred, well intended pitt bulls. The bloodlines are so crossed and packed full of pitt bulls that do not meet the standard of the breed that it is almost impossible to trace the dogs roots through good bloodlines. While you may not agree with my assessment and opinion, you must remember that I and others probably does not agree with your opinion on things. We can only comment based on our own life experiences and how we see life.
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville nc on Sep 3, 2009 at 06:38 PM
    you should be ashamed of yourself, treating those poor aminals like that. They totally depends on us if you didn't want the dogs why didn't you just give them away. I hope that you get the max for your crime, I have no compassion for you.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Sep 3, 2009 at 06:01 PM
    Dogs are family too.
  • by Dave Location: L.A. on Sep 3, 2009 at 02:06 PM
    Anon, I brought the breed up to point out that when they are not present whatever breed is listed as "dog" not by name. Vance, Ashley was not making a prejudicial remark, Chris' comment was based on sterotype, and personal opinion. Ashley was simply pointing out the flaw in that manner of thinking. Nothing to do with liberalism.
  • by Vance Location: Columbia on Sep 3, 2009 at 11:58 AM
    To Ashley From Kinston-You saying Chris making a prejudical comment is wrong then why are you prejudging him.I don't know him but I think he lives in a world of realism not a world of Psyco-Babble Liberalism.You must have learned this from some NUTTY LIBERAL PROFESSOR in college. There is a thing called the first admendment until Obonga abolishes it. Now on the topic. I wish Mike Vick were still in prison so they could share the same cell.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 3, 2009 at 11:55 AM
    collard-green self. Hope the pups are adopted out to great homes!
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