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December 2012 - Puppy Mill Rescue - Over 60 Dogs Saved

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Over 60 Dogs—Many of them Poodles— Saved from Midwest Puppy Mill; Ready for Adoption on Friday, Dec. 21

In December, North Shore Animal League America’s Mobile Rescue & Adoption Unit brought over 60 dogs to the safety of our Port Washington, NY headquarters after rescuing them from a puppy mill in the Midwest. The lifesaving mission was a result of our partnership with National Mill Dog Rescue, which is dedicated to saving dogs from puppy mills: commercial breeding facilities where dogs are kept in cramped, unsanitary conditions and given little if any medical treatment or socialization.

“Despite their difficult beginnings, these dogs are truly grateful that they can leave their pasts behind and start a new life,” says Sylvia Ottaka, Senior Director of Operations at Animal League America. “They end up making the most amazing companions; they are resilient, loyal and loving, and they bond so strongly with the people who bring them home and give them the happy lives they deserve.”

The dogs range in age from older puppies to adults, with breeds including Poodles, Dachshunds, Pulis (Australian Water Dogs), Miniature Pinschers and Havanese.

Visit our Facebook page for photos of the rescued dogs.

As soon as they arrived, the dogs were evaluated medically and behaviorally by our expert staff, and they will be spayed or neutered before being placed for adoption.

Rescue team leaders Darrell Rhodes and Dan McNena, who drove the dogs to safety in one of our Mobile Rescue & Adoption Units, have conducted numerous rescues, both from puppy mills and other situations, and they say that the message of National Mill Dog Rescue and Animal League America is having a huge impact. “Both of our organizations are not only helping save more lives, but we’re also educating the public about the truth behind the puppy mill business,” says Darrell.

Animal League America saves the lives of nearly 20,000 Mutt-i-grees®—a term that describes any rescued shelter pet, whether mixed breed or purebred—each year.  “As long as there are animals in danger, we will be there,” says Joanne  Yohannan, Senior VP of Operations at Animal League America. “We will continue our mission to rescue, nurture and adopt animals at risk, whether from puppy mills, overcrowded municipal shelters, or natural disasters.”

Animal League America is dedicated to finding permanent homes for as many innocent animals as possible, and we need your support. Please click here to donate to our life-saving work, or click here to find out more about all the animals available for adoption.


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