Rescued dogs find homes, medical care

The dogs recovered from a Rutherford County puppy mill last week are on their way to finding permanent homes.

Families have adopted nine of the 56 dogs who arrived malnourished and dirty at the Humane Society of Charlotte, said Jorge Ortega, vice president of operations. Several more are available for adoption at the shelter.

The other animals are still receiving medical treatment or recuperating in foster homes.

“We’ve been working around the clock with final medical evaluations on these guys,” Ortega said. “We have started scheduling the vet appointments for the eye infections and dental problems.”

Two dogs are partially blind and others are missing teeth. The Humane Society is working with rescue partners to find the right homes for their needs.

“What’s amazing is that after we got all these guys groomed, they’re starting to show more personality because you can actually see the dog under the mop of dirty fur,” said Ortega.

The Humane Societies of Iredell and Moore counties took 19 of the dogs to provide quicker medical attention. Two groups that help with Shih Tzu rescues are also working to find adopting families, said Ortega.

Two dogs gave birth to litters after arriving at the Humane Society. The surviving puppies will be in foster care until they are 6 to 8 weeks old or weigh 2 pounds, and then they will be available for adoption.

Rutherford County Animal Control rescued the dogs from multiple locations. The Daily Courier newspaper reported that siblings Dean and Barbara Upchurch of Forest City and Mooresboro have been charged with animal cruelty in connection to the dogs. They will go to court July 23.

Bacon: 704-358-5353; Twitter: @erindbacon