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August 2013 - Puppy Mill Rescue - 89 Dogs Saved

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North Shore Animal League America Saves 89 Dogs and Puppies from Midwest Puppy Mills

Most up for adoption now at our Port Washington, NY headquarters

On August 30, 2013, one of Animal League America’s Mobile Rescue & Adoption Units pulled into the safety of our no-kill campus with 89 dogs and puppies rescued from puppy mills in Oklahoma.

The dogs range in age from about four months to seven years old, and include Yorkshire Terriers, Maltese, Shih Tzus, Chihuahuas, German Shepherds, Shar-Peis, Papillons, and several other breeds.

Until our Rescue Team arrived two days ago, these innocent animals were kept in inhumane commercial breeding facilities known as puppy mills, receiving little if any medical care, proper nutrition or socialization of any kind. Mill owners view dogs as profit centers only, and many of the dogs have experienced severe neglect.

The good news, however, is that these brave dogs are now safe, and they will be cared for and loved for the rest of their days.

“Puppy mill dogs truly earn the title of survivors,” says Sylvia Ottaka, Senior Director of Operations at Animal League America. “They have had very sad beginnings to their lives, but it inspires me more than I can express to witness their remarkable transformations, once they are in safe, loving arms.”

All of the new arrivals were immediately given medical evaluations, and if any concerns were found, they will be nurtured back to full health. They also will be evaluated by our behavioral staff, all of whom are experts in helping traumatized animals recover from their past experiences and reach their full potential.

“Some animals take a bit longer to learn to trust, and we work patiently with them until they are ready to become wonderful companions to loving adopters,” says Joanne Yohannan, Senior VP of Operations. “Whatever it takes to give these innocent animals the lives they deserved, we are committed to doing it.”

Please visit and “Like” us on Facebook for more about these dogs and to receive alerts on our upcoming rescues.

Please also visit our headquarters to meet other adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens who are waiting for their perfect matches.


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