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Long road to recovery for animals saved from puppy mill

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Several dogs and one cat have a long road to recovery after being rescued from a Duplin County puppy mill.

On Friday, 47 animals were rescued from a puppy mill in Faison. A total of 31 dogs and one cat were brought to the Wake County SPCA. Rescuers said the conditions the animals were found in were appalling. The animals were found in their own filth, and some were living in bird cages. The breeds range from rottweilers, German shepherd, dachshunds and more.

SPCA workers blamed what they called vague puppy mills laws in North Carolina as the reason for the problem.

"Something has got to give in North Carolina," said Darci VanderSlik of the Wake SPCA. "This is ridiculous. North Carolina is starting to become a state breeders will come to because they know they can come here and nothing will be done."

The SPCA will start taking applications to adopt the animals on March 31. VanderSlik said the animals will need a lot of medical tests, medication and shots before they are eligible for adoption.

"They will require a lot of time and energy for our staff to take care of and we desperately need donations," she said. "That way we can continue to help these animals."

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