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 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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Claudette Moe

The Northwest has its share of puppy mills and abuse stories, but the majority of these ongoing horrific operations appear to take place in states like Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, etc. Is there a particular mindset of the citizenry that allows them to turn a blind eye to such cruelty? I am always dumbfounded at what continues to be uncovered by the ASPCA. We are so fortunate that the ASPCA exisits, and that its efforts continue to strengthen as the public is exposed to more and more stories such as this.

Gail Odom

Is the small dog that appears in the cage still available for adoption?


I personally think puppy mills should be all shut down. So say we are able to do this. Now what? Who will adopt them? Where will we get the money to care for all of them till some find loving homes( we hope) how will the decisions be made to put so many down? I would like to see some kind of plan put in place to do this. There are more puppies and dogs in puppy mills and we can even imagine. The numbers are probably staggering.The ASPCA and all the little rescue organizations can't find enough money now to care for the ones that were lucky enough to be taken out of the mills now. I am not saying that we should not try to close the mills down what I am saying is I would like to see a plan on how we could care for these animals.


You people are awesome!!! Shut All these places down.


The deplorable conditions at "Dream Catcher Kennels" were known by Pulaski Kentucky officials for months... Twenty or more dogs were removed in November 2013 and many were PTS-ed after testing positive for parvo. It took another two months to get the money to remove the remaining 40+ dogs. The local shelter has no room.

Dennis Bradley, who pled guilty, gets to keep 5 dogs (provided 4 of them are neutered).


The deplorable conditions at "Dream Catcher Kennels" were known by Pulaski Kentucky officials for months... Twenty or more dogs were removed in November 2013 and many were PTS-ed after testing positive for parvo. It took another two months to get the money to remove the remaining 40+ dogs. The local shelter has no room.

Dennis Bradley, who pled guilty, gets to keep 5 dogs (provided 4 of them are neutered).

Sharyl Todd Moser

I know all the people adding comments are frustrated,I am too,but you are the ones to help change the laws.It is not the fault of ASPCA or the other agencies trying to save these beautiful pets. They are frustrated too .. We need to stand up and e-mail ,call ,write letters to the people in charge of changing the laws. I have 5 rescue dogs and 5 cats that I have rescued and would do alot more if I could but believe me I sign every petition,make calls every day and send e-mail after e-mail to try to help in some way. It only takes a few minutes,no longer than sending a selfie.We are passionate about our pets and are Horrified at the abuse, tourture
that the dogs go thru in Puppymills and at the hands of some breeders and back yard so called breeders. We can and will make changes and with the help of all of us we will succeed. Think about the power we have with social media like twitter ,Facebook and many others. I know alot of the videos out there are so sad and hard to watch ,but I watch anyway,shed tears and become very angry but then my anger turns to what can I do today and I do it. We are a nation of compassionate,and show loyalty to each other and our familys,Our pets deserve the same. It is a slow process ,but in the last year I have seen so much more being done, To quote of Gandi "The Greatness of a Nation and it's Moral progress can be judged by the way it's animals are treated" Mahatma Gandhi
We have failed miserably in the past but now it is time for us all to hold our heads up give our pets a big hug and say, We have seen enough and it will not be tolerated anymore. bless you all

Jan Spencer

Bravo, I agree wholeheartedly with you!


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.

Pamela M Beck

Many blessings to all who work to make animals' lives better. We are their only voice. ♥ So I am using my voice to post this repeatedly, until it somehow falls into the hands of someone who has the authority and the courage to help us put an end to puppy and kittens mills. PUPPY MILLS ARE GLUTTING THE SYSTEM
We will euthanize 10,000 pets today at our animal shelters and city Animal Care & Control facilities. We will euthanize 10,000 pets tomorrow too, and most every day. Unless our lawmakers enact regulations on the production of puppy and kitten mills, this pet overpopulation crisis is doomed to increase. This is costing our government millions of dollars, which are OUR TAX DOLLARS! And they are being spent to KILL PETS that the PUPPY MILLS ARE PRODUCING. What is wrong with this picture? The USDA has NEGLECTED to regulate this mill production, to the point that our country is about to explode with dead and suffering animals. Surely, our government must know that this has to stop! I will never understand how the USDA has any business having pets under the same regulations, (or the lack thereof), as poultry, slaughter hogs and beef cattle producers...WE DO NOT EAT DOGS AND CATS IN THIS COUNTRY, they are pets! Our government must stop allowing them to be mass produced like they were food animals! And the conditions that we accept as "USDA approved" for these animals to live in, consist of a lifetime of horrific neglect and deprivation! These pets don't even go to slaughter when they are old enough and fattened up. They live their entire lives in a cage, often left out in all kinds of weather, with little or no veterinary care. The female's' life is spent carrying, nursing, or grieving her lost babies, until she is bred yet again. Then about twice a year, the male shares her cage until mating is complete. Then he is returned to languish in his own fIlthy cage until it is time to breed again. This only ends for them when they die, or become "no longer good for breeding" I don't know what, if any regulation exists for their "disposal". But the numbers of dead and decaying animal carcasses that are strewn throughout the property of far too many of these mills, speak volumes. Unfortunately, the financial influence of the Agriculture business has managed to supersede the horrific conditions of the animals, the pet overpopulation crisis, even the glutting of our own systems! IF YOU SHOP AT A PET STORE THAT SELLS PETS, YOU ARE SUPPORTING THIS HORRIFIC CRUELTY!
WE THE PEOPLE, MUST RISE UP AND DEMAND THAT OUR GOVERNMENT ENACT LAWS TO END THIS INSANITY! I guarantee you, if the beef producers were churning out millions of pounds of beef in a year, and we only ate half of it, and the other half had to be "disposed of" at great expense to the government, you can bet the USDA would be slapping some major restrictions on beef production. So why don't they see that we are euthanizing over four million pets a year, and the puppy and kitten mills are "producing" a majority of them? IS OUR GOVERNMENT REALLY SO "OWNED" BY THE PUPPY MILL/AG INDUSTRY, THAT THEY BETRAY THEIR CONSTITUENTS, WASTE OUR TAX DOLLARS AND GLUT THEIR OWN SYSTEM? We must find a way to rid our world of this horrific business of abuse and neglect! OUR GOVERNMENT MUST TAKE ACTION TODAY!