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May 2013 - Puppy Mill Rescue - 65 Dogs Saved

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65 Puppies and Dogs Saved from Mill

On May 22nd, one of North Shore Animal League America’s Mobile Rescue Units pulled into the safety of our no-kill rescue and adoption headquarters with 65 dogs and puppies rescued from several puppy mills in Kansas.

The dogs range in age from about seven weeks to nine years old, with the majority between four years and six years old. The breeds include Keeshonds, Italian Greyhounds, Maltese, Lhasa Apsos, Corgis, Pomeranians and Shih Tzus. The youngest pups are two sibling batches of American Eskimo and Silky Terrier mixes, the result of accidental breedings. 

The puppies and dogs will begin going up for adoption on Saturday, June 1st, during our Pet Adoptathon Kick-Off Weekend. Our shelter will remain open for 36 hours straight, from 9 a.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Sunday. Over 700 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens of all sizes, mixes and ages will be available, along with the puppies and dogs from this rescue, at our Port Washington, NY, headquarters.

Until their rescue, the 65 dogs lived in puppy mills, inhumane commercial breeding factories where they were kept in cramped wire cages, receiving little if any socialization, medical care or affection.

But despite the horrible conditions from which puppy mill dogs come, the vast majority of these dogs recover from their early trauma and become loving, loyal companions.

“I am always inspired by the bravery and caring spirits of these precious dogs,” says Sylvia Ottaka, Senior Director of Operations at Animal League America. “Each time we rescue from a mill, it’s as if the dogs know they are now in safe hands, and they respond with tremendous love and gratitude.”

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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