MOYOCK, N.C. (WAVY) — One dog has died after being rescued from “unsanitary and inhumane living conditions” in Moyock. 60 others were rescued and taken to a local animal shelter for care.

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According to Currituck County officials, the 47 adult dogs and 14 puppies were rescued from “unsanitary and inhumane living conditions” at the Bentwood Labradors in Moyock and taken to a local animal shelter for care.

Currituck Animal Services and Control Department Head, Geena Maurer says officers found one dead, they later learned, from starvation.

“One of our animal care techs looked and saw her in the doghouse and he checked her, and she was deceased,” said Maurer.

Shelter Manager, Rachael Stone, says they’re doing much better now.

“Everybody is inside eating a lot, drinking a lot. This is a new life for them,” said shelter manager, Rachael Stone.

The rest of the dogs are being assessed at the animal shelter. An announcement will be made at a later date with any possible adoptions.

An official with the Currituck Sheriff’s Office says the investigation started when animal control officers responded to a report of loose dogs on Robert Walker Road.

When they got there, they discovered multiple dogs in unsanitary outdoor kennels.

Officials say the owner of Bentwood Labradors, Tim Warren, now faces 78 animal welfare violations in connection to the incident.

Warren was charged with 61 counts of failure to provide animals with medical care, adequate food and water, and sanitary living conditions, eight counts of violating the county’s restraint ordinance and eight counts of allowing animals to create a nuisance.

Warren was also charged with one count of failing to provide veterinarian care to an animal, resulting in its death.

“It was owned by a very reputable honorable breeder. His name was Jessie Crisp and he passed away a few years ago. That’s when things started going downhill when Mr. Warren took control,” Maurer explained.

The Currituck Animal Shelter is currently taking donations for cleaning supplies, sheets, and blankets to continue to take care of the rescued group. They are also accepting gift cards to local pet stores, Walmart, and Tractor Supply.

“We’ve got some old ones who are sleeping like they’ve never had good rest before. You can definitely see it, there’s some relief and peace for them,” said Stone.

Maurer says they are accepting applications for the dogs, but they cannot be adopted at this time.

On February 3, the Currituck County Animal Shelter announced that the previous owner of the dogs relinquished ownership of them to Currituck County. As their health improves, they will become available for adoption.

Four dogs and seven cats were also rescued from “unsanitary and inhumane living conditions” in a separate incident on Knotts Island.