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Dogs removed from North Carolina home where owner found dead

December 18, 2019 GMT

ROXBORO, N.C. (AP) — At least a dozen dogs have been removed from a home in North Carolina where the owner was found dead, authorities said.

WRAL-TV reports the Person County Sheriff’s Office said authorities checked on the home in Roxboro on Sunday after someone reported that Lorraine Carroll, 60, was dead. Investigators said Wednesday that they believe Carroll died of natural causes days earlier after she was last seen alive on Dec. 10.

According to authorities, more than 20 dogs also were found dead on the property, while others were in poor health. Person County Animal Services workers said they had to use hazmat suits with respirators because conditions inside the home made it hard to breathe.

“She was a breeder, but she had separated herself from the dogs. She let the dogs have the other end of the house evidently, and she was in that one room,” sheriff’s office spokesman Darrell Winstead said. “It was extreme (inside) ... trash, just everything in there.”

Kelli Oakley, director of the Person County Animal Shelter, said Carroll apparently was still selling dogs although the American Kennel Club revoked her registration as an Australian shepherd breeder in 2015.