Kristen Collins, ASPCA Director of Anti-Cruelty Behavior Rehabilitation, reports that although several dogs tentatively wagged their tails and cautiously explored their new kennels at the Rehabilitation Center, all are fearful and need intensive help before they’ll be ready for placement.
“They’re adorable and they definitely have lots of potential,” Collins says. “We’re looking forward to helping them learn how to enjoy petting, leash walks and all of the other things they’ll experience when they are adopted at last.”
Stay tuned for updates and photos to come as these dogs progress on their journeys to becoming beloved pets. We can’t wait to watch their recovery!
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In late January, the ASPCA FIR team rescued 40 dogs from Dream Catcher Kennels, a large-scale, inhumane commercial breeding facility (also known as a puppy mill) in Nancy, Kentucky. Now, nearly three weeks later, the majority of these dogs are ready to put the horrors of breeding behind them and find their true forever homes.
After their rescue on January 21, the dogs were housed in a temporary shelter where they received medical attention, behavioral enrichment and socialization to reduce stress and improve mental health. They are now being transferred to Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) and Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS) in Columbus, Ohio, to be made available for adoption.
“Today is a turning point for these dogs as they move toward life in a home with owners who treat them with respect,” says Jessica Rushin, Partnerships Manager for ASPCA Field Investigations and Response.
Of the 40+ rescues, only six of the dogs are not yet ready for adoption. They are en route to the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, NJ, where they will receive further treatment for under-socialization and extreme fear—remnants of the trauma caused by living in a puppy mill for years. We are optimistic about their success and expect them to be suitable for adoption in the coming weeks.
As for the kennel owner, Dennis Bradley, the future is less bright. He has pled guilty to animal cruelty in the second degree and received six months in jail probated for a term of 24 months. He will not be allowed to operate a kennel or breeding operation for the duration of his probation.
While we are pleased with the progress of this particular case, our work is far from done. If you would like to help, please consider making a donation to the ASPCA. In addition, help us continue our fight against puppy mills by taking our pledge not to buy anything in pet stores that sell puppies at www.NoPetStorePuppies.com.
As many of you know, earlier this week, the ASPCA joined local authorities to remove more than 40 dogs, including Chihuahuas and blood hounds, from a large, substandard breeding facility—also referred to as a puppy mill—in Nancy, Kentucky. Many of the dogs have untreated medical conditions, and are being cared for by a team of veterinarians and responders at a temporary facility, set up by the ASPCA and the Kentucky Humane Society, in Louisville.
The dogs are safe now. With temperatures dropping rapidly across the country, it was just in time. These dogs will never again suffer in extreme cold without access to food or shelter. They’ll never be stacked in tiny cages. And they’ll never be forced to breed.
Right now, the ASPCA is providing shelter, veterinary care, healthy food and much-needed attention and affection to the rescued dogs. Our work is far from over.
Please take a moment to watch and share our video. You’ll see some of the dogs we rescued, as well as the conditions these dogs were forced to endure.
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.
Zack was one of about 150 Jack Russell Terriers and Shiba Inus we rescued from a Michigan puppy mill earlier this year. After rescue, he needed surgery on his eyes—but he also needed extensive behavior help.
ASPCA behavior expert Kristen Collins was at the rescue to help remove dogs from the property, and she noticed Zack right away. He shook violently as he crouched in terror, his eyes wide. When Collins approached his enclosure, he bolted for the broken crate that was his only shelter from the elements.
"He looked like the most fearful dog on the property," Collins remembers. She knew Zack's best hope was intensive treatment at our Rehab Center for puppy mill and hoarding survivors.
When Zack arrived at the Rehab Center, his behavior was no different than the first time Collins saw him quake with fear at her approach. He cowered in the back of his space, ears flat and body low. And yet—after a few days, though he remained skeptical about human touch, Zack began to tentatively wag his tail at the sight of familiar people.
Today, Zack has been adopted and is part of a loving family. We wanted to show you the amazing progress Zack made during his time with us—please watch his video below.