Animal cruelty and other charges are pending against the owners of an apparent dog breeding operation in northern Currituck County, after authorities seized 61 dogs and found one dead.
The seizure took place Friday at Bentwood Labradors in the Wedgewood Lakes area of Moyock, according to a post on the Currituck County Government Facebook page, after a report of stray dogs running loose on Robert Walker Road.
47 adults and 14 puppies were reportedly found in “unsanitary and inhumane living conditions”. A female adult dog was found dead in a kennel, according to a press release.
Several of the dogs have been taken for emergency medical treatment, while the rest of the are being assessed and cared for at the Currituck Animal Shelter in Maple.
Tim Warren has been charged with 61 counts of failure to provide medical care, adequate food and water, and sanitary living conditions; eight counts of violating the county’s restraint ordinance; and eight counts of nuisance. Warren was also charged with one count of failing to provide vet care that resulted in a death.
Currituck Animal Services and Control will provide an update on the dogs’ health, and of any made available for adoptions when that information is determined, according to the press release.
The Currituck Animal Shelter has already put a call out on its Facebook page, seeking donations of blankets, sheets and puppy food.