Update: View our video below for footage from this operation and for a closer look at many of the dogs we rescued in the process.
This post was originally published on February 24, 2015.
Acting at the request of the Stone County Sheriff’s Department, the ASPCA is on the ground in Mountain View, Arkansas, today removing approximately 100 dogs from an overwhelmed rescue group’s facility. The facility agreed to surrender the dogs due to its lack of sufficient resources. The dogs—including Huskies, Labs and Beagles—range from two days to 10 years old. The majority were never spayed or neutered and several are pregnant.
The first time we met Coconut, she was starving, shivering and extremely fearful of people. It was May 2013, and she was being rescued from a puppy mill.
Coconut was one of 150 dogs the ASPCA helped save that day, and while many quickly found homes, Coconut couldn’t even handle being touched. Battered and broken, it is likely that she had never before experienced a kind human hand. Coconut needed help, so we sent her to our state-of-the-art Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, New Jersey.
Over the next few months, Coconut underwent intensive treatment for her fear and anxiety. Though she was one of the most severe cases we had ever seen, our staff refused to give up on sweet Coconut—and within the first few weeks of treatment, she began to show massive improvement. It’s hard to put into words how incredible her transformation was, so we invite you to witness it for yourself:
By the end of the year, Coconut was a whole new dog. Her shaking, barking and extreme fear subsided as she learned that there are humans she can trust. In January 2014, she was adopted by a retired couple, and she is now flourishing in their home.
We will never stop fighting for animals like Coconut. She is proof that victims of abuse can be saved, and that every animal has the potential to love and to be loved. We hope that you feel the same way, and that you will help us continue to save lives like Coconut’s by making a donation today.
We believe that no dog should suffer for profit, and we are determined to keep the momentum of these last six months going. If you are ready to stand against puppy mills, stand with the ASPCA. Join the fight by making a donation today.
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.