UPDATE 4/30: The Virginia Beach SPCA says the Australian Shepherds rescued from Hertford, NC will be available for adoption beginning Saturday, May 3.

Up for adoption will be Dorito, Pringle, Frito, Utz, Orville and Chex Mix.

Be sure to check out adoption procedures here:

UPDATE 4/9: The Norfolk SPCA says the Australian Shepherds rescued from Hertford, NC will be available for adoption over the next three days.

Adoption schedule:
Thursday, April 10: Goose, Murphy, Mick & Fluffernutter
*Aydin and Goose were adopted on Thursday
Friday, April 11: Jack, Maggie and Nova
Saturday, April 12: Ziggy, Marshmallow and Delilah

Adoption hours are Thursday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
To set up a appointment contact Kari at

HERTFORD COUNTY, NC -- 60 Australian Shepherds, including 13 puppies, were rescued from a suspected puppy mill Monday.

The Humane Society of the United States said law enforcement officers visited the property on Pine Tops Road regarding concerns about the welfare of the dogs. A breeder agreed to surrender all of the dogs and cease operations.

The Sheriff's Office called in HSUS to rescue and remove the dogs.

The Guilford County Animal Shelter, the Virginia Beach SPCA, the Norfolk SPCA, and the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina assisted in the removal.

'Dirt, no grass. There were some makeshift kennels and dog food sprinkled around, but it was a pretty sad state for these guys,' explained Emily Peck, Director of the Virginia Beach SPCA's clinic.

Peck told 13News Now the property was roughly a half-acre in size with a mobile home one it.

'Almost all the dogs were emaciated to some degree, some worse than others. A lot of them were dehydrated. A lot of them have worms,' said Peck.

People with the Beach SPCA brought 9 adult dogs and 7 puppies to its clinic/shelter where the veterinarian will check them out for medical issues. Staff members also will see how they behave once they are more comfortable. All seemed timid Monday night as well as nervous/frightened and tired.

'I told everybody, I was like a mother hen with all of her chicks, running around, giving 'em water, feeding 'em treats, naming 'em, and loving on 'em,' said Peck. 'It's been a long day, but a good day, a successful day.'

Terry Shinaberry, who surrendered the dogs, faces a charge of Animal Cruelty. He is a registered sex offender, who was convicted of taking Indecent Liberties with a Minor in Gates County in 1999.

Shinaberry was allowed to keep 7 dogs. He must take them to a veterinarian within 2 weeks. They have to be spayed or neutered.

All needs of the dogs at the Virginia Beach SPCA will be covered by the organization's Companion Animal Rehabilitation and Emergency (CARE)Medical Fund.

The director of the Humane Society in North Carolina said several dogs also are at the Norfolk SPCA.

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