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New video details recovery of dog found at puppy mill

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Dec 04 2012 11:36:04 PM CST

The Humane Society of the United States in North Carolina has released a new video, detailing the recovery of a Chihuahua, one of almost 90 dogs found at a puppy mill in Jones County.

The Chihuahua, named Billy, was discovered in March, trapped inside a rusty dog cage in a home in Trenton. Deputies also found 87 other dogs, as well as one cat, living at the home, which belonged to Glenn and Joyce Brown. They were found guilty of 38 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty in May and were sentenced to 50 months of supervised probation. In addition, the couple was barred from owning any animals for five years.
 
The new video features a rescue worker talking about finding the Chihuahua at the home, with half its jaw missing, and nursing the animal back to health. The Humane Society of the United States hopes to use the video as a fundraising tool for the organization.

The puppy mill bust at the Trenton home made national headlines, drawing the attention of Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who went to the scene to help.

Tom Labuda, an animal crimes investigator in Jones County who spear headed the bust, saw the new Humane Society video for himself.

"When I see something like that, that I had gone through, especially because of the number of animals, it's hard not to get emotional," Labuda said.

Billy the Chihuahua has since been adopted and is doing well, officials with the Humane Society said.