The Outer Banks Voice – For dogs rescued from Moyock, a second chance

For dogs rescued from Moyock, a second chance

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice on February 2, 2022

Breeder faces February 4 deadline to appeal seizure

Two of the 61 rescued dogs who needed medical attention. (Currituck Animal Shelter)

Tim Warren, the Moyock dog breeder who faces dozens of misdemeanor charges stemming from the neglect and abuse of 61 dogs, faces a February 4 deadline to appeal the animals’ seizure on January 28 at his Robert Walker Road business.

After Friday’s deadline, Currituck Animal Shelter will begin the adoption process for healthy enough dogs, according to Currituck County Public Information Officer Randall Edwards. “Anyone wanting to adopt should understand that these dogs will need care and it will take some time for them to return to full health, he told The Voice in an email.

Warren, who operates Bentwood Labradors, was charged with 61 counts of failing to provide medical care, adequate food and water and sanitary living conditions; eight counts of breach of restraint order; and eight counts of nuisance. He was also charged with one count of failing to provide veterinary care resulting in a death discovered at the time of the seizure. Warren could not be reached for comment. The Bentwood Labradors website appears to be down, indicating that it is currently undergoing maintenance.

Unfortunately, this kind of situation occurs across the country. Last fall, the Humane Society of Missouri helped rescue 97 dogs from the ownership of a formerly licensed breeder. Around the same time, more than 500 dogs were evacuated from a puppy mill in that state by the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

The charges against Warren were issued after Currituck Animal Control officials received a report Jan. 28 of eight stray dogs on Robert Walker Road. Animal control officers Gina Maurer and Brandon Dozier answered the call and discovered the poor condition of the Bentwood kennels and the poor health of the dogs. At that point, they made the decision to seize the animals and enlisted other animal control officers and the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office for assistance.

“Many of the dogs are very underweight, many have dental health issues, and many have various other conditions, such as open wounds and skin conditions,” Edwards said in the email.

As of January 31, four of the dogs were being cared for at the Roanoke Island Animal Clinic and two of the puppies, both four weeks old and weighing just one pound, were in foster care so they could receive medical attention. The rest of the animals are at the Currituck shelter, Edwards noted, and were due for evaluation Feb. 2 by a veterinarian.

“So we’ll know more after that,” Edwards added. “But they are all kept indoors, fed three times a day, and kept warm and cared for.”

Edwards said the county didn’t know how bad conditions were at the Moyock Labrador kennel until Jan. 28, when animal control officers got the call about the stray dogs. He said it was a well-run business in the past, but its previous owner died several years ago, at which time Warren took over the operation.

“Obviously it has slowly deteriorated to its current state,” Edwards added, noting that there are currently no dogs on the property. The closure of the business, he explained, will be determined during the legal process.

As for when the dogs will be available for adoption, Edwards said it will depend on each dog’s health and when they can be spayed or neutered. Along with returning to full health, he added that none of the dogs are house trained, so it will take time to train them in a home environment.

He added: “But all the dogs seem friendly (most are shy) and the shelter expects them to be great pets once they get healthy and trained.”

In a Feb. 1 Facebook post, the Currituck County Animal Shelter thanked the Coastal Humane Society and others for their contributions to the veterinary care of the dogs. “Many received supportive care, all received vaccinations and monthly preventative treatments,” the post read. “The majority of them will need dental work, several will need massive removals…several will need heartworm treatment.”

“We appreciate our community and surrounding areas rallying behind these dogs who deserve everything they receive.”

To find out how to help, visit the Currituck Animal Shelter Facebook page at Currituck Animal Shelter