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.”
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 aspca.org/blog, and follow the hashtag #MillsBreedMisery, for more news to come.
Though it’s only been a few months since the ASPCA kicked off its groundbreaking partnership with the NYPD, we are already seeing some amazing results. First, there was the case of Hall and Oates, followed by the story of Hank. Now, officers and advocates have teamed up again to rescue nine cats from a hoarding situation in the Bronx.
It started when a patrol sergeant from the 40th precinct received a routine call about a lot of cats. Upon arrival at the scene, the sergeant found a lawful but unhealthy situation. Fifteen cats were living in one apartment, nine of whom were kittens, and their owner was clearly overwhelmed. Thanks to our new partnership, the officer was able to refer the case to the ASPCA Cruelty Intervention Advocacy (CIA) team for immediate assistance.
Now, these nine sweet kittens, all named after famous athletes, are in our Adoption Center comfortably awaiting their new forever homes. The CIA team is working with the pet owner to continue reducing the population, provide spay/neuter for the remaining cats and link her to social services for her own needs. They will continue to work with her as long as she needs assistance
If you are interested in adopting one of these kittens, please visit the ASPCA Adoption Center. Because there’s only one thing we like better than a happy ending: nine of them.
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Luckily, this was just the beginning of a transformation for Red. When he arrived at the ASPCA Animal Hospital, he was thin and had multiple wounds on his head and leg. Red received treatment including IV fluids, pain medication and antibiotics. After six weeks of care and recovery, Red was ready to find a new forever home.
Just before Christmas, Red went home with adopter Zach C. to begin his new life as a beloved pet. Red, now known as Hank, is thriving with Zach and his cat, Frank.
"ASPCA volunteers stayed late so that I could bring Hank home before the Adoption Center closed for the holidays,” Zach says. “Hank is now part of the family and adds his own personality to an already happy home. There's nothing like waking up with a dog who is excited to play and hang out with me all day.”
Zach reports that while he was initially nervous about Hank and Frank getting along, the two are very curious about each other and love to compete for the attention of Zach and his girlfriend.
We’re thrilled that Hank is so happy and healthy in his new home. Unfortunately, thousands of animals are victims of cruelty nationwide. If you live in New York City and witness animal cruelty, please call 311 (or 911 for crimes in progress) to notify the NYPD. To learn how to report cruelty in your state, please visit our Reporting Cruelty FAQ.
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We’re pleased to report that 47 of the horses have been placed with adopters, foster families or rescue groups to be made available for adoption. An additional four horses will be transported to 808 Equine Rescue in Calhan, Colorado, on December 21. Spokane County Regional Animal Protective Services (SCRAPS), an ASPCA Partner Community agency, will soon transport the remaining horses to a boarding facility.
When we first arrived in Spokane one month ago, the horses were severely emaciated and dehydrated from having had no access to water or acceptable food. They were discovered living on an abandoned property, and were seized as part of a cruelty investigation. We’ve been on the ground assisting SCRAPS by helping to shelter and care for the horses, as well as working to find them new homes. We’ll continue to support the agency remotely with boarding costs and placement for the remaining horses.
One of our favorite stories of the year belongs to Joy, a young cat who was saved from the streets of New York City during Hurricane Sandy. Our staff at the temporary shelter we set up for storm-displaced animals wasn’t sure if she was a homeless kitty or a lost pet. Weeks passed and no one claimed the skinny, skittish feline.
We folded Joy into our regular population of adoptable animals and discovered she needed extra help learning to trust people. With lots of socialization from ASPCA staff, Joy came out of her shell—but a whole year passed and Joy, our last Sandy cat, still hadn’t found a home.
Finally, in November 2013, Joy was adopted by Rob C., a fellow Sandy survivor who lost his home and business to the deadly storm. Robert saw Joy on the local news—her story resonated with him, and together they are getting a fresh start and making a new life.