CONCORD, NC (KTRK) --Officials seized a total of 105 dogs, 20 cats and three goats in a raid from a suspected puppy mill.
The SPCA of Wake County said several of the animals were living in deplorable conditions when they were found last week.
Many animals had untreated medical issues, were pregnant and in need of urgent veterinary care. The SPCA is evaluating each one to see what care they might need including vaccinations and heartworm treatment.
The Humane Society has safely transported the dogs and cats to a temporary emergency animal shelter.
The rescued animals will not be available for adoption immediately. The SPCA team need to evaluate their health first.
WNCN reports that the raid was prompted by an anonymous tip.
The Humane Society has established a reward program to offer up to $5,000 to anyone who provides any information leading to the arrest and conviction of a puppy mill operator for animal cruelty. Persons wishing to report a valid tip are encouraged to call 1-877-MILL-TIP and can remain anonymous.