PAMLICO COUNTY - More than 25 animals, most of them dogs, are in the custody of authorities after a Wednesday morning raid at a Pamlico County home.
The raid, at a house along Straight Rd. near Oriental, was the culmination of an investigation that lasted more than six months, said Berkley Hill of Pamlico County Animal Control.
Hill's investigation centered around alleged neglect of the animals.
Several dogs roamed the yard of the home while others were in pens when authorities served a search warrant at approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday.
The animals' owner, who declined to comment, signed ownership of the animals over to animal control, Hill said.
NewsChannel 12 is not publishing the owner's name because the owner has not yet been charged.
The dogs include Chihuahuas, Shar Peis, and Shih Tzus.
Hill requested the help of the Humane Society of the United States, or HSUS, for the raid.
The state director of the HSUS, Kim Alboum, said the dogs had been used as part of a puppy mill.
"When they're done breeding these animals, they just put them outside," and leave them in a state of neglect, Alboum said.
Alboum said Wednesday's raid was the 11th involving a puppy mill during the past 18 months in North Carolina.
Right now there are not laws in North Carolina regulating the care of animals at breeders' properties, Alboum said.
"You can just see the long-term neglect," Alboum said of the dogs at the Pamlico County location.
The Colonial Capital Humane Society, or CCHS, in Craven County has taken in ten of the dogs.
Anyone interested in donating money for the dogs' care or wanting more information on adoption, can contact the CCHS at (252) 670 - 1378.