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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  • by huh? on Mar 16, 2012 at 07:23 PM
    If there dogs were in such dire straits, why did the Jones County SO wait a week to take action? Shouldn't they be held accountable for the horrible abuse these animals suffered while they were arranging for all the publicity surrounding this case? This is Jones County. Everyone knows everyone and everything about them. You really think noone knew before now?
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      by sd on Mar 19, 2012 at 09:24 AM in reply to huh?
      If I remember correctly, this is the same county that allowed a woman 2 weeks to get her extremely skinny pitt bull proper shelter and food and in the mean time the poor thing FROZE TO DEATH. Two weeks is TOO LONG to wait when an animal's health is in danger!!! Maybe you need to do an investigation into this county's animal shelter and those who run it WITN. Actually, there's no maybe to it. SOMEONE NEEDS TO INVESTIGATE JONES COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL.
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        by doglover on Mar 22, 2012 at 03:46 AM in reply to sd
        Amen. This is a shame.
  • by Doggy mom on Mar 16, 2012 at 03:27 PM
    They make me sick I hope they sit in jail a very long time. I cannot believe anybody would treat dogs like that maybe they should live in those conditions
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      by Doglover on Mar 22, 2012 at 03:47 AM in reply to Doggy mom
      I agree.
  • by owners in jail on Mar 16, 2012 at 02:32 PM
    i bet they get food and water... What a shame, I'd not feed them.....
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      by huh? on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:27 PM in reply to owners in jail
      You are sick!
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        by What good for the goose on Mar 17, 2012 at 01:57 AM in reply to huh?
        is good for the gander.....
  • by Dawg on Mar 16, 2012 at 01:37 PM
    Legally the dogs still belong to the breeders. Until the owners sign custody over to the county or a judges removes owership from the breeders, the dogs will have to be held as evidence until after the trial. That could take years. If all you that want to adopt would go to the shelter and adopt a dog that will other wise die in the next few days, it would make a difference in that animals life.
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      by they are not breeders on Mar 16, 2012 at 04:19 PM in reply to Dawg
      they are low life abusers......
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      by sd on Mar 19, 2012 at 09:25 AM in reply to Dawg
      Absolutely. Puppy mill owners aren't the only irresponsible owners who allow their dogs to be put in an animal shelter, and possibly be put on death row.
  • by anonymous Location: Winterville on Mar 16, 2012 at 01:35 PM
    I'm sick of people abusing animals. Tougher penalities need to be enforced. I agree, they need to be locked up without food and water.
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      by Doglover on Mar 22, 2012 at 03:48 AM in reply to anonymous
      They will get their's.
  • by Ashley Location: Washington on Mar 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM
    i am interested in adopting one of these dogs, if anyone has any info. please email me ashleyandshadow00@yahoo.com
  • by Melissa Location: Greenville on Mar 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM
    Thank you, sweet Lady Justice! Now take away their toilet and give them minimal food and NO water. See how they like it.
  • by You never hear of..... on Mar 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM
    To all the ones knocking hounds and other sporting dogs: How many puppy mills are found full of deer hounds, other hounds, or bird dogs? Every single one I've ever read about was full of small dogs, some did have Labs, but the majority were the non hunting breeds and mutts.
  • by In The Eyes on Mar 16, 2012 at 09:03 AM
    I read people's eyes. In his eyes, I see apathy and indifference. I her eyes, I see evil and hate.
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      by rapper on Mar 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM in reply to In The Eyes
      you should be a judge.
  • by MC Jamal Location: mean streets on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:34 AM
    So many caring people coming out,where are you when thousands of animals are euthanized each month.Did it take a story making the news to enlighten you to the animals plight.Well better late than never.
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