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IREDELL COUNTY, N.C.-- The population of furry friends at the Guilford County Animal shelter is going to increase. As many as 25 dogs may be joining the animals that already call the shelter home.

Wednesday, the Humane Society of the United States, confirmed to WFMY News 2 that their organization worked with the Iredell County Animal Shelter and the Guilford County Animal Shelter to rescue animals from a suspected puppy mill.

Teri Somnitz with Iredell County Animal Services visited the scene and became concerned about the welfare of the dogs. Iredell County Animal Control called in The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Guilford County Animal Shelter and Iredell County Humane Society, to assist with the rescue and removal of the dogs.

The Iredell County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant on the property and found poodles and maltese dogs and puppies living in deplorable conditions, their fur was extremely matted and they were suffering from a multitude of untreated medical conditions, the humane society said. They were living in stacked, rabbit-hutch-like cages that are unsafe and were inflicting cuts and other injuries.

The owner agreed to surrender the animals.

Kim Alboum, North Carolina state director for The HSUS, said, "For far too long, dogs have been suffering like this in puppy mills across the North Carolina. This rescue, along with the 16 other we've assisted with in the past 3 years, demonstrates the need for stronger laws in North Carolina. We're so grateful to Iredell County Animal Control for coming to the aid of these dogs."

WFMY News 2's Photojournalist Mark Franklin was at the Guilford County Animal Shelter when the dogs arrived.

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