72-Year-Old Charged In Connection To Pender County Puppy Mill

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Nearly three weeks after an alleged puppy mill raid, deputies say they have charged one woman in the case.

On October 9th, deputies in Pender County said they got a search warrant to follow up on the complaint of a sick puppy.

Investigators said once they served that search warrant to 72-year-old Marilyn Medina, they found more than 80 animals in filthy conditions with need for immediate medical attention.

Now, deputies said Medina is facing 13 counts of cruelty to animals.

Lieutenant Keith Ramsey tells reporters the charges took some time because investigators had to look through all the veterinarian reports before formally charging the woman.

After the small and large breed dogs were treated, they were taken to the Wake County ASPCA and Guilford County Animal Shelter.