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Video: Inside Look at Kentucky Puppy Mill Rescue

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 2:15pm
Puppy mill dog in dirty cage

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.
 

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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.

Stay tuned to aspca.org/blog for more news to come. Follow the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #MillsBreedMisery. If now is a good time for you to give, please consider making a gift to the ASPCA.

FIR responder walks bloodhound at puppy mill

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Gina

Thank God for people and organizations like you. I donate monthly to a couple of the rescue groups, I would just like to say thank you for all you do, and for giving not only the animals hope, but humans too, that there is such things of happy endings to those who so deserve them!!! Keep It Up

Gina

Thank God for people and organizations like you. I donate monthly to a couple of the rescue groups, I would just like to say thank you for all you do, and for giving not only the animals hope, but humans too, that there is such things of happy endings to those who so deserve them!!! Keep It Up

Anna Marie

Thank you ASPCA.

Anna Marie

Thank you ASPCA.

Whitney

In response to the fact that the dogs don't look horribly treated, I think it is important to remember that the goal is to put a stop to an operation that profits from the constant breeding of these animals. It may not be the worst example of one, but it is still a puppy mill which they have now shut down, and those dogs all have a chance at a happy life.

Elizabeth

This is why I don't give to ASPA anymore....when the people of the puppy mills don't get serious jail time and high fines...all we are doing is putting a bandaid on the problem...this has been a visious cycle for years....don't get me wrong...I love the animals and have advocated for years...and have watched these complaints go to the house and nothing ever hardly gets passed...the problem is that it's all done on a stae level and this needs to be a federal crime...with federal time and federal fines...each state has different ideas about animals...so until this goes federal this will be an ongoing problem...and many a band aids will be used and a lot of man hours ...it's very discouraging...I've watched this for over 40yrs...and not a whole lot has changed since then...I've rescued soooo many animals...but I have realized that I can't save them all....and when the federal government finally get's involved and makes it mandatory to have dogs and cats spaded and I force federal fines and jail time if they don't this will always be a problem....puppy mills...the max should be set for those people...I'm srry if people get the wrong idea about me...but there is no pot of gold at the end of this rainbow unless the federal government gets involed

Jan Spencer

To stop giving to and organization that does much good for all abandoned and abused animals does not move any State or federal anti-cruelty, anti-puppy (and kitten) mill legislation forward. I, too, rescue animals in my area, but I also am a donor to the ASPCA, my local SPCA, and other animal welfare organizations. I realize neither they, nor I can "save them all", but it doesn't mean the effort to try is futile. If you want the laws to change, then get involved in petitions, calls, letters, etc. to your local and State, as well as federal lawmakers to actually press the issue.

Jan Spencer

Error in the above post "an organization" not "and organization"

Buddy

how convenient for you and your pocket book - talk about blaming the victims - you don't give - and meanwhile they suffer - less money for these dogs to get help, get treatment - what are you doing? May i ask - petitions, educating people????? - sorry, i don't buy this argument. I am Canadian, and I GIVE to the AMERICAN ASPCA because they actually shut these criminals down. I also educate others, volunteer with puppy mill survivors, sign petitions, write to politicians, etc. Get real - do something rather than blame the system - sit back and make excuses? if we did that - women would never have gotten the vote!!!

SUE GRIFFITHS

Can someone please tell me why has there never been a petition to the leader of your country, to completely close down every single puppy mill/animal mill? We are all agreed that puppy mills and all animal mills MUST be closed down. They are the ones causing the deaths of millions of shelter animals and they are getting away with it. I live in the UK and if something as dreadful as this happens, we can write to our leader, the Prime minister. If a law is brought in here in Parliament, it is the same law for the whole country, not for just parts of it, as the US has with its different states run by governors. Obviously you're going to get good and bad governors. Some who care and some who don't give a toss. I really don't understand your politics. Why don't you cut out the middle men and go straight to the top? Pamela M. Beck writes well. Why don't you start a Care2 petition to your President, Pamela? Hundreds of thousands of citizens would sign it and share it, including me. It's no good pussyfooting around with the USDA, from what I've read over the years, they are next to useless. Please I beg you, petition your country's leader. Alert the media. An ongoing massive campaign on tv and in the newspapers will show that we are at the end of our tether and we won't be put off anymore. I hope Pamela reads this. If not, surely there is someone else in the whole of the USA who is capable and willing to compose a petition.

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