Dogs rescued from suspected puppy mill in Vanceboro

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A 65-year-old Vanceboro man is facing animal cruelty charges after multiple dogs were seized from his property on Thursday,

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office served warrants to Howard Roughton III’s and assisted Craven-Pamlico animal services in rescuing 25 dogs from his home on Kite Town Road.

“We have taken 25,” said Elma Rae Greene, animal services director at the shelter in Craven County. “We will retrieve the remainder of the dogs soon. “

An animal control officer responded to home sometime back and noticed at least 50 dogs.

The dogs were malnourished, semi-feral and showed signs of neglect, according to Greene.

Roughton refused to hand over the animals, Greene said, leading to the search and seizure warrant served by the sheriff.

The animal had been without necessary food, several are pregnant and some are puppies.

The animals were transported to the Craven County animal shelter, where they will receive food, water and updated medical care.

After the arrest, Sheriff Hughes, with the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, said, “Animal cruelty and neglect has gone unchecked in this County for too long, and this should serve as a wake up call to people that we are not going to tolerate it. We are aggressively going after folks like this, who think it’s ok to mistreat, abuse, and not care for their animals.”

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