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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The ASPCA is going to the Super Bowl! At least, some of our favorite animals are: From today all the way through game day, a jumbo screen outside of MetLife Stadium in New Jersey will air two different ASPCA ads—one about puppy mills and pet store puppies, and the other about the welfare of chickens raised for meat.
Our research has revealed that most people would not buy a puppy if they knew she was born in a puppy mill—but it also showed that most people didn’t realize that almost all dogs offered for sale in pet shops are from puppy mills. We’ve been working to close this information gap with our No Pet Store Puppies campaign, and our 15-second Super Bowl spot is a wonderful opportunity to inform the public about the connection between puppy mills and retail pup sales.
More than 1 billion chicken wings will be eaten on Super Bowl Sunday—that many wings could form a line from CenturyLink Field, the Seattle Seahawks’ home stadium, all the way to MetLife Stadium…30 times over! Nearly all of these wings came from chickens raised in dirty, cramped quarters who were bred to grow so big, so fast they can hardly walk. But it doesn’t have to be that way: Chickens deserve better, and so do we. Check out the ad below, then share it on Facebook and Twitter. And if you haven’t already, make sure you stand up for healthier, more humanely raised chickens by signing our petition at TruthAboutChicken.org.
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.
Right now, the ASPCA is on the ground in Kentucky rescuing dozens of dogs from an overrun puppy mill. The dogs were discovered living in filthy conditions with little to no protection from extreme weather. Unfortunately, puppy mills like this are still legal across the country. And that’s just not right!
What can you do to help? Spread the word to all your friends that puppy mills are bad places. You can also enter to win one of our special ASPCA Puppy Mill Advocacy Kits! Simply visit our online form, and tell us why you think puppy mills are bad. You could win the following items:
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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.