Crime

Woman who operated Cabarrus County puppy mill convicted of all charges

The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office and the Humane Society of the United States rescued nearly 130 animals from a suspected puppy mill in September.
The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office and the Humane Society of the United States rescued nearly 130 animals from a suspected puppy mill in September. Humane Society of the United States

A Kannapolis woman who operated a puppy mill where 130 animals were rescued in September was convicted of all 12 counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals and sentenced to 12 days in jail this week.

Patricia Yates also was ordered to pay the Humane Society of the United States more than $30,000 in restitution, undergo a physiological evaluation and not own animals for two years, court records show. Yates also must serve two years of supervised probation.

Officials said an anonymous tip to law enforcement led deputies to investigate Yates’ property. Armed with warrants, deputies and Humane Society staff members entered the property and found about 105 dogs, 20 cats and three goats housed in what county officials described as “unsafe and unsanitary conditions.”

Some of the animals were in urgent need of medical care, authorities said. Most have since been adopted.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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