Breaking News: ASPCA Removes 40+ Dogs from Kentucky Puppy Mill

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 12:45pm
ASPCA FIR responder checks out bloodhound

The ASPCA is currently on the ground in Kentucky assisting local authorities with the removal and transport of more than 40 dogs from Dream Catcher Kennels, a large, substandard breeding facility—frequently referred to as a puppy mill. The dogs—ranging from Chihuahuas to blood hounds—were discovered living in filthy, deplorable conditions. Many have untreated medical issues and were found living with little or no shelter in below freezing temperatures.

Dennis Bradley, 61, the owner and operator of the facility, based in Nancy, Kentucky, is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow and is expected to enter a guilty plea to the charge of cruelty to animals in the second degree. As part of the plea deal, Bradley has surrendered the dogs at his facility and will face six months in jail probated for a term of 24 months.

“As is true for most puppy mill dogs, these dogs appear to have gone most of their lives without basic necessities or much exposure to humans,” reports Kathryn Destreza, Director of Investigations for the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response Team. “We hope to give these dogs much-needed medical treatment and place them quickly into new homes where they can learn what it means to be a pet.”

Puppy mill dogs in small cage

The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) is assisting the ASPCA with the removal of the animals as well as the medical triage and sheltering operation. The ASPCA and KHS have established a temporary shelter in Louisville, where the dogs will receive veterinary care with supplies provided by PetSmart Charities, Inc., as well as socialization. 

Our responders are still on the ground, and we’ll continue to provide updates as this rescue unfolds. Stay tuned to, and follow the hashtag #MillsBreedMisery, for more news to come.

Kentucky is one of only 20 states without any regulations in place to protect dogs in commercial breeding facilities. For more information about puppy mills and how to fight animal cruelty, visit Together we can save animals from lives of cruelty and neglect.

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