128 Animals Saved In Puppy Mill Bust, Thanks To Anonymous Tips

Meredith Lee/The HSUS


Following anonymous tips, a multi-departmental investigation of a property in Cabarrus County, NC, as seen in the video below, revealed 105 dogs, 20 cats and three goats in “unsafe and unsanitary” living conditions.

According to Erica Geppi, NC State Director for the Humane Society, “the first thing that just hits you across the face right away is the ammonia of dogs living in their own squalor—feces, urine everywhere.”


This recent raid was conducted by the NC Sheriff’s Office and members of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).  A few days after the raid, the sheriff’s office charged Patricia Yates of Kannapolis, NC, with one count of cruelty to animals.  Additional charges are pending.  Yates surrendered the custody of the animals to authorities, allowing the rescue organizations to move forward.


Meredith Lee/The HSUS
Courtesy, Meredith Lee/The HSUS

The lack of care found in the facility was horrifying. According to reports, one dog’s tongue was sticking out of his mouth because all of his teeth had rotted out, and his jaw had basically rotted into the bone.  “Animals were spinning in their enclosures because they just go crazy.”

Courtesy, Meredith Lee/The HSUS
Courtesy, Meredith Lee/The HSUS



Complaints about the property lead investigators to believe that a puppy-mill was in operation.   According to the HSUS, North Carolina is one of multiple states where commercial dog breeding is unregulated.  A Bill for minimum care of animals in puppy mills, which would mandate clean water, fresh food and adequate care, passed the House in NC, but failed in the Senate. According to reports, this failure to pass has happened over and over in that state.


Courtesy, Amie Chou/The HSUS
Courtesy, Amie Chou/The HSUS

Courtesy, Meredith Lee/The HSUS
Courtesy, Meredith Lee/The HSUS










The animals in this facility, as in all puppy- and kitten-mills, were overbred, having litter after litter, living in their own filth, with no medical care.  The HSUS was joined by a local animal hospital for on-site care.  The animals were then transferred to the care of various organizations including responders from Red Rover.

Courtesy, Meredith Lee/The HSUS
Courtesy, Meredith Lee/The HSUS

Thanks to the local tipsters, these animals now have a brighter future.   “They’re being petted, their little tails started wagging, and their little spirits started coming out.”  Their availability will be determined by the caring organizations.

The HSUS offers rewards of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of puppy mill operators. Phone tips can be left at 1-877-MILL-TIP.  Be a friend to animals and help stop puppymills!

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Lisa Blanck

Writing articles about animals for more than 24 years, she dove into the rescue world with the onset of Hurricane Katrina. As an outspoken advocate for animals, she's covered everything from paws to hooves, fins to feathers. She was the Orlando Animal Rescue and Worldwide Animal Issues Examiner for seven years. She's always thinking pawsitive, looking for ways to improve the lives of animals. She lives with one dog and one cat. She welcomes your suggestions and is thrilled to be part of the ShelterMe.tv family!


  1. phyllis says:

    I always thought that the owner should experience the same treatment the true pain of being locked in a cage and living in filthy conditions, fines are not the way to punishment for hoarders.jailed for more then five years and to feel the pain of their animals broken bodies of neglectful abuses

  2. Edward Dayan says:

    This bill needs to pass! It is impossible to protect Animals from greedy, stupid and careless idiots without laws with teeth in them.
    Vote out the legislators that keep your state in the dark ages by repeatedly obstructing change in your Animal Rights legislation.
    Puppy Mills suck, pure and simple. The politicians that are in the pockets of Big Agriculture, NRA and other lobbyist groups need to be sent packing! Your vote matters, so research your candidates record on Animal Welfare issues! Vote Smart!

  3. kathy says:

    thank to the person who reported this witch and to all who saved these animals.

  4. Denise Barnett says:

    I would like to rescue a puppy from this mill
    Please advise how to do so

    1. Lisa Blanck says:

      So kind of you! I’m not sure exactly which rescues received which animals; I do know it depends on the condition of the dogs as to when they will be available. You can always put in an application on one of these sites for an animal in need:
      Adopt-A-Pet on this link http://www.adoptapet.com/
      on Petfinder.com on this link: https://www.petfinder.com/pet-adoption/dog-adoption/
      or on ShelteMe.com on this link: http://shelterme.com/findpet#
      You can type in your location on each page, and state what age, sex, type of dog you’re searching for. You can limit the area in which you’d like to search. Thanks!

  5. rhonda hyman says:

    I am interested in adopting a puppy….my number is 9193955610…..a need a companion that i will get fixed for my dog

  6. Mary Nicolosi says:

    When is this nonsense going to stop?What’s it going to take for lawmakers to take this more seriously? I pay taxes so basically the lawmakers work for me, so I would like them to know that they are not earning their paycheck.

  7. Denice Krause says:

    Thank You!!! Gods Angels.❤️

  8. Ken Coviello says:

    Its amazing and disgusting how the NC senate has failed to pass an adequate care bill. You know they are getting financial support to kill the bill. Shame on them.

  9. Samantha perez says:

    Is there a petition to the Senate about demanding them to pass the bill for minimal care for puppies in puppy mills and for all animals that are in back yard breeders? How could the Senate not pass a bill that requires them to give the animals in their care the basic health needs for them to sustain life? They should be ashamed of themselves. How do they sleep at night knowing that there are innocent animals dying in horrendous without food and water because they voted no.

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