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.