Rutherford County Animal Control on Thursday rounded up nearly 50 dogs that officers had found at a house earlier in the week but said were later dispersed over locations in two counties.
Animal Control Director Lt. Leon Godlock with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said that on Monday the division acted on anonymous tips about a man having more animals than he could care for properly.
Godlock said when officers went to the residence on Ferry Road near Mooresboro they found 50 dogs of different breeds, including English and French bulldogs, yorkies, cocker spaniels and Shih Tzus.
When officers returned to the house on Wednesday with a search warrant Godlock said “there were only seven dogs there.”
On Thursday, animal control began looking for the remaining animals. Godlock said the Ferry Road resident cooperated with the investigation.
Fourteen dogs were found at a Forest City address and 20 in Ellenboro.
Godlock said that with the help of Cleveland County Animal Control, seven dogs were found at a location in Cleveland County.
Two veterinarians are assessing the animals, he said. Providing resources for Thursday’s operation were the Humane Society of the United States, North Carolina Chapter, and the Humane Society Emergency Response Team from Charlotte.
Godlock said the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending as authorities wait on the final report from the veterinarians.