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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Cynthia Pakenas

Even if the conditions were clean, this person would have gone broke in 6 months if the needed medical care were provided. We too could survive in a prison cell with a minimal diet; however our minds could not. Anyone who has cared for these dogs has seen the psychological devastation of dogs who live in these conditions. Thanks to all who removed the dogs & to the angels who will rehab them.


WE NEED LAWS to stamp out Puppy Mills today! What, why is this taking so long to fix? What is difficult to see through the cruelty, abandonment, and neglect? Lawmakers we need you to ACT today not to keep putting this off till tomorrow, next week, next year. Animals know neglect, cruelty and abandonment; they are highly intelligent, loving, and they need us to protect them. Please enforce the laws to stop Puppy Mills forever. Please Lawmakers help the animals today. Thank you ASPCA, Humane Society and all the rescue organizations for animals.

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!




Thank you to the men and women on this rescue. No animal should live like this. Probably the first time they have felt kindness from humans. your are special people. Thank you Thank you

Mary Jane

Thank goodness for the ASPCA! I only hope that loving homes can be found for all these sweet dogs. I think Jennifer is perhaps not very observant. I saw a dog in a "pit", a dog tied underneath the vehicle, matted fur, tiny cages, some runny eyes, large dogs kept outside in winter conditions, etc. These ARE unacceptable conditions even though they may not be worst case scenario! I've seen scary videos of puppy mills that bring tears to your eyes when you think how long they've suffered that way, all in the name of profit. It breaks my heart to know that these idiots that do this aren't being punished enough to deter them from going right back and doing it again! What a wicked world we live in.

Toby Savoie

I think the best punishment for these "human" animals is to put them in the enclosures they forced these loving, defenseless, trusting babies to live in for at least a month or more...Who cares if they become infested with insects, starve to death or succumb to adverse weather conditions, their lives, to me, are not worth any more than the animals they torture. Just because they are human does not make them any more worthy than these poor dogs. We are all children of the Earth. I do not believe God meant for us to rule over this planet. I believe we are supposed to nurture each other, this planet and all the creatures we share Earth with. SHARE, NURTURE, not rule and abuse.

Dresia Vaughn

I am in favor of what Lori Zemites wrote. if only i was rich enough, and had the power, these or any animal would never suffer by the hands of the evil ones.

christina neas

they need to jail !


I am totally against puppy mills and am a supporter of ASPCA. However, I'm a little turned off by the righteous response to Jennifer's and Laurie's comments. I have found that diplomacy in response is more effective.