Two Orange County residents were arrested Friday after authorities seized 57 dogs and puppies from two properties.
WRAL-TV reports Chapel Hill resident 35-year-old Taylor Doar and his mother 65-year-old Cynthia Riggan have been charged with animal cruelty.
The station reports Orange County Sheriff’s Office searched the properties after receiving information Wednesday October 9 about malnourished animals and unsanitary conditions.
Bob Marotto is director of the Orange County Animal Services Department. He says all dogs will undergo medical evaluations and receive necessary treatment. He adds the animals will remain at a county-run facility throughout the legal process.
Authorities say an investigation is ongoing.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office says Riggan and Doar are expected to appear in court Tuesday October 15.