CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV)- Animal advocates met Friday to ask lawmakers to support stronger commercial dog breeding laws in the state.
In the past 18 months, The Humane Society of the United States has assisted law enforcement in rescuing dogs suffering from severe illnesses and injuries due to lack of medical treatment from 13 large-scale commercial dog breeding operations all over the state.
Godiva is one of the survivors of the last puppy mill bust where the Humane Society of Charlotte intervened. The toy breed as one of more than 200 dogs living on one person's property.
Her hair was severely matted and her back legs paralyzed.
"She was basically out in the elements every day and no one was providing any time of vet care..no human contact..she was just there for breeding," Vice President of Operations at the Humane Society of Charlotte
Jorge Ortega said. Ortega now cares for Godiva.