CHESTER COUNTY, N.C. -- Acting on a tip, sheriff’s deputies found dozens of dogs living in poor conditions in a mobile home.
Shirley Turner, 58, told deputies that she was in poor health and knew she couldn't care for the dogs in and around her Chester County home.
She knew she had a problem, and really wanted some help," said Mary Anne Tolbert, a Chester County Animal Control supervisor.
Tolbert, along with deputies, went to Turner's home on Old Richburg Road on Wednesday after getting an anonymous tip.
“The tip said there were lots of dogs there living in very poor conditions,” Sheriff Richard Smith said.
When they entered the single-wide trailer, they said they found 14 dogs in the home that reeked of urine and feces. Some dogs were in raised cages, while others wandered the house strewn with trash, clothes and junk.
“One dog had lost control of its bowels, and there was a lot of feces on the walls," Tolbert said. “The smell alone -- I couldn't stay in there.”
Officials said they found another 26 dogs outside the home in pens. They had water, but it was greenish and clearly had not been changed in some time.
Turner signed over 40 dogs to Animal Control. They rescued pugs, Shih Tzus, English and French bulldogs, maltipoos, Jack Russel terriers, chihuahuas and Boston terriers.
Though they had been fed, many of the dogs had eye problems and infections related to fleas and poor living conditions. Only four are still being held at Animal Control. Most of them have been placed into the care of animal rescue groups until they can be adopted.
If you’re interested in adopting one of the dogs, click here or call 803-385-634.
Turner is out of jail on a $7,500 bond.
This is the second puppy mill reported in Chester County in the last two months. Melissa Lyles, 76, was charged with ill treatment of animals after deputies said they found 87 chihuahuas in her home. Those dogs were quickly released for adoption, and all of them found new homes within a week.