September 2011 - Puppy Mill Rescue - 80 Saved
Animal League’s Pet Rescue Team Saves 80 Animals, Including 53 Puppy Mill Dogs
On September 13, 2011, 53 dogs and puppies arrived at the Animal League. They were rescued from commercial breeding operations, otherwise known as puppy mills, through a partnership with National Mill Dog Rescue. Originating in Kansas and Missouri, these dogs include French Bulldogs, Shih Tzus, Boston Terriers, Chihuahuas, Lhasa Apsos, Dachshunds, Schnauzers, Japanese Chin, Silky Terriers, and an Italian Greyhound. In addition to the recent mill rescues, the Animal League transported puppies from Tennessee, Virginia and Mississippi shelters who would have been euthanized, bringing the total lives saved to 80 animals.
The documented problems of puppy mills include over breeding, inbreeding, minimal veterinary care, poor quality of food and shelter, lack of socialization, overcrowded cages, and the killing of unwanted animals and sadly some dogs are forced to live in puppy mills their entire lives.
As with all the Animal League’s rescues, the animals will be thoroughly evaluated medically and behaviorally and treated as necessary. They will also be spayed and/or neutered to prevent future pet overpopulation.
As the animals become ready, they will be placed for adoption.
In June 2011, NSALA announced that it would permanently station one of its mobile rescue units at National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) in Colorado Springs, CO. For the first time, an Animal League mobile unit is being dedicated solely for the purpose of the rescue, safe transport and adoption of mill dogs. The two organizations share a mission to save as many animal lives as possible, and focus on shelters as an ideal source for people looking to add a canine or feline to the family.
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