Demolition was started on a house in Wilson, North Carolina, despite the property owner’s knowledge that there was a mother dog and her puppies living underneath the porch. According to ABC 11 News, on Thursday, volunteers with The Maggie Society arrived to the scene and tried to get the demolition halted, but the homeowner did not want to stop tearing the house apart with the bulldozer.
The man, identified as Carlos Lewis, finally stopped working when a city of Wilson inspections manager arrived and it was determined that Lewis did not have a current demolition permit on hand, reports the Wilson Times. Once the bulldozer was stopped, volunteers with the non-profit agency went to work to find the puppies and mother.
Laurie Robl Brumfield, founder of The Maggie Society, commented on the difficult situation, “We have a great crew that will go in and get them safely. We’ve done that numerous times, but this guy wasn’t giving anyone any time to work safely, so we just flooded the scene with our volunteers and lots of other good people from the community through a Facebook plea.”
Three live pups were located amidst the debris, but it is believed that some puppies died.
A Facebook post explains:
Thanks to Brodie Heath, Leslie Taylor Bunn, Brie Anne, Jesse Brumfield, Karen Haislip Rose, Debbi Long, Joni Welfare, Rachelle White Andy Michaud, Gordon Deno Kathy York Fischel Judie Hemmerich the Wilson Fire Dept and so many more, three of the pups were able to be saved. Unfortunately we believe some were killed when the first half of the house was bulldozed. But with some amazing and brave people, demolition was halted before these three were killed.
The puppies’ mother is missing – it is believed that she ran away when the bulldozer started demolishing the house.
The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office has indicated to ABC 11 News that they will be investigating the incident.
(Images via Facebook)
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