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Animals from suspected puppy mill headed for Charlotte

The Humane Society of Charlotte will take in more than a dozen dogs and an exotic bird from Alexander County, after officials found what they believe is a suspected puppy mill.

Approximately 17 dogs – including Chihuahuas, long- and short-haired Dachshunds, a Poodle mix and a Border Collie – and the exotic bird were expected to return to the Humane Society’s Toomey Avenue shelter around 6 p.m. Friday, after being transported by a local emergency response team, officials said.

The team assisted Alexander County Animal Services in the Statesville area at the request of the Humane Society of the United States. The animals will be evaluated, receive any necessary medical treatment and be placed in foster homes.

For these emergency needs, Humane Society of Charlotte officials said they are accepting monetary donations and supplies to help foster puppies and dogs. Items include gently used towels, puppy pads, canned dog food, Esbilac puppy formula (for nursing mother dogs) and Ziploc gallon-sized freezer bags for food storage.

Items may be dropped off at the 2700 Toomey Ave. shelter, open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional information: 704-377-0534.

Trenda: 704-358-5089; Twitter: @htrenda
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