Puppy Mill Bust Brings Battered Dogs to Rockville

Dogs saved from puppy mill in North Carolina arrive in Washington area

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Dozens of dogs and puppies saved from deplorable conditions during a puppy mill bust in North Carolina have now arrived in the Washington area.
 
Animal Control officials took nearly 300 dogs in the bust earlier this week.  Investigators said they spent a year building a case to seize the dogs from a property in Wayne County, N.C.
 
The breeder is accused of trying to maximize the amount of puppies born, while minimizing the amount of care they received in order to increase profits.  Some of the dogs may have never seen the light of day before their rescue.
 
Vets said it could take months to nurse them back to good health.

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Fifteen of the dogs were taken to the Montgomery County Humane Society.
 
"It's heartbreaking," said Cris Bombaugh.  "But we have a wonderful team of volunteers and staff who have pulled together quickly ... [to] help these poor animals." 
 
Most of these dogs are expected to survive.  It will take weeks for the dogs to be groomed and evaluated for diseases and other health problems, according to vets.  It may take months before any of them are ready for adoption.

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