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April 2013 - Puppy Mill Rescue - 65 Dogs Saved

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65 Puppy Mill Dogs Travel the Road to Freedom

Canines rescued from Illinois puppy mill are safe at Animal League America as a result of our life-saving humane relocation program

On April 17th, 65 dogs rescued from a shuttered Illinois puppy mill arrived at North Shore Animal League America’s no-kill headquarters, where they will soon be ready to be adopted into loving, permanent homes.

These beautiful dogs range in age from two years to nine years old (with most around four), and include Papillions, Poodles, Yorkies, Shih Tzus and Schnauzers.

Two members of our Rescue Team made the life-saving journey after receiving word that the puppy mill had closed down. Animal League America rescues hundreds of puppy mill dogs every year—some from mills that have shut their doors, and others from existing mills that don’t want these dogs anymore because they can no longer breed. This was our first rescue from a mill in Illinois.

“Some of these dogs were so horribly matted that it was hard to even tell what breed they are,” says Sylvia Ottaka, Senior Director of Operations at Animal League America. Our staff members tenderly bathed and groomed the dogs, making them immediately more comfortable. “They’ve likely never been groomed in their entire lives.” (See story and photos here).

“Whenever we rescue dogs from these inhumane operations, I’m always so moved by how grateful and resilient they are,” says Joanne Yohannan, Senior VP of Operations at Animal League America. “Until our Rescue Team brought them to the safety of our doors, these dogs had spent years living in small cages with little if any medical care, socialization or affection of any kind. But they seem to know they are now safe and in loving hands.”

As with all of our rescues, the dogs were immediately seen by our veterinary team and treated for any health concerns. Soon, they will also be evaluated by our behavioral experts, who will determine when they are ready for adoption.

The dogs will begin to go up for adoption this Sunday, April 21, but the majority will be available early next week at our Port Washington, NY, headquarters.

To learn about puppy mills and how you can help end the puppy mill trade and promote adoption and rescue, please read this important story.


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