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UPDATE: Kentucky Puppy Mill Dogs Ready for a Second Chance at Life

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 12:15pm
ASPCA FIR responder tends to dog

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.



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Leah

This makes me want to cry! I have no sympathy for Mr. Bradley. Thank you to those who rescued them & are helping these sweet & adorable dogs! God bless you.

Barbara

He should spend the same amount of time in prison as all the dogs spent in his awful Puppy prison!!! They just gave him a slap on the hand, makes me sick. !!

neeja

he should have to serve the accumulate amount of time each dog spent there (all the dogs, not just the ones still living).

Barbara

He should spend the same amount of time in prison as all the dogs spent in his awful Puppy prison!!! They just gave him a slap on the hand, makes me sick. !!

Jessie Prescott

Thanks for telling me that I am doing a GREATFUL deed for dogs and cats thank you Leah. Also you can join me on my journey just by becoming a member of the ASPCA! Join the FIGHT (:

Leah

I think six months probated for a term of 24 months is not long enough for this loser! Lock him up for life, without parole.

Kay

6 months!?!? Are they joking??? Look at what he did to these animals he scared them for life. Come on! How you like to be one of these doggies?

Mary Ann

I also boycott malls that have pet stores that sell puppies.

Marti Murphy

Seriously!!!!!!!!!!! He's not allowed to operate a kennel or breeding operation for the duration of his probation. How about for the rest of his life? Glad these dogs are freed to find loving forever homes. Thanks to ASPCA.

jan noyes

what a joke 6 months and he will be operating again what the heck is wrong with you people in Kansas?????? He should have been locked up like they do in other states get off the stick Kansas you should be ashamed

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