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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Damn embarrasing for Kentucky I would say. Shameful!


So tired of seeing animals treated like this, people are so money hungry they do anything to make a buck, dogs and cats, horses being starved,then slotted for there meat and cows and pigs, chickens & Angora Rabbits are being abused, starved & neglected, this needs to be stopped.. We need a Law in this Country for the Animals that have no voice, and fine & jail time, the people who abuse animals !


I agree Carol! Make those humans suffer and pay and see how they feel.


The one thing that everyone that has commented about this deplorable situation has missed is simply this: if people would stop buying "purebred" dogs from pet stores and road side sellers, guys like this pathetic excuse for a human being would have no one to sell to. Wise up people! Shelters are full of worthy, wonderful, tossed away animals who are waiting for someone to come and save them. Why not you?

Kimberlee Young

Couldn't have said it better myself! Well stated, Claire!

lady cat whisperer

So with you on this! Rescue pets are the best!


Well said Claire! We have one puppy from ASPCA and another from a pet rescue. We couldn't ask for better members of our family.

Nancy Lares Glynn

I completely agree! All three of my boys are all mixed and loving animals!


I only own Rotties. I have never gotten one from a pet store or a puppy mill...2 of them were given to me. My newest puppy 13 weeks old was a christmas present from my hubby. We paid 300. for her from a wonderful person who has the date set to have her female fixed and then found out one of her males had gotten to her. So she has since had the female fixed. 2 of my rotties were or are pure bred, my 1st Rottie Amanda was pure (given to me) my Brianne 10yrs old now is a mix of rottie and black lab (given to me) and now my new girl Cara (first 1 we have ever paid for.) Some of us like pure breeds, or a certain breed> I will only ever own Rotties. But that does not make me a bad person. Education is the key. If everyone knew that petstore puppies came from puppy mills, maybe they would not purchase them. I did my research before I picked Cara out in Dec.


When you get ready for another Rottie, you may want to check online at the Rottie rescue sites.