WHAT: The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is transferring 40 dogs rescued from a Tennessee puppy mill last week to its Adoption Center in Manhattan.
WHEN: Tuesday, February 17, 2009
WHERE: ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan
424 E. 92nd Street (between First and York Ave.)
TIME: Approximate arrival time at the ASPCA is between 4 a.m. – 5 a.m. (EST)
**For more information on adopting one of these dogs, please call our hotline at (212) 876.7700 ext. 4145.**
DETAILS: On February 11, more than 250 small breed dogs from a Tennessee puppy mill were rescued under the management of the ASPCA and the White County Sheriff's Department.
A total of 43 dogs, all small breeds such as Boston terriers, Shih Tzus, Dachshunds and Miniature Pinschers, will arrive today at the ASPCA Adoption Center. The remaining dogs were transferred to other humane agencies so they can also be made available for adoption.
“These dogs will need adopters who will take time to train, housebreak, socialize and teach them basic obedience,” said Gail Buchwald, Senior Vice President of the ASPCA's Adoption Center. “They have never lived in a normal home environment and will therefore need extra care and patience.”
“It's doubtful any of these dogs have ever been walked on a leash; many have never been outdoors,” said Jeff Eyre, the ASPCA’s Director of Field Operations. “The dogs were matted and filthy, many with skin conditions including mange. The ASPCA is collecting and preparing evidence for the prosecution of the criminal case.”
The dogs will be groomed, treated for any medical and behavioral issues and spayed and neutered before they go up for adoption.
“Puppy mills are substandard commercial breeding operations that house dogs in overcrowded and often unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization,” said ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres. “We want to see this cruelty come to an end.”