Authorities aren't sure it they've found a puppy mill or a case of animal love gone too far.
More than 100 dogs were taken from one mobile home in Rowan County on Thursday.
After getting a search warrant, authorities found 119 dogs on the property, and many of them are described to be in such bad shape that animal workers say they cannot identify what breed they are.
"Just walking around, there's quite a few dogs that you can't tell what breed they are, they are so badly matted. They are just unhealthy, smelly, long toe-nails, all of the things you'd expect with dogs that have not had proper care," said Sue Creasap.
"You could hear them all of the time, constantly yapping," said neighbor Samantha McBrayer.
The Rowan County Sheriff's Department cited the owners for a violation of the county's kennel ordinance, and say after a vet has a chance to examine all of the animals, other charges could be given.