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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Being a new Mom to a puppy mill dog, it just breaks my heart at what these gorgeous creature got threw. This poor excuse of "a human" should be put in the same living conditions his dogs were in for a few years. Then lets see how he would like it. Getting fed every now and then, oh can't forget the slimy green water and the let him have feces on his back end for yrs. Oh! and can't forget the smaller than him size living crate. I'm sure he would love that!!! As for my baby, he is doing great and growing everyday, he is experiencing things he probably would have never known if not for the great people how rescued him and the others. He lived like that for 9 yrs of his life, but he has been reborn and will live another 9 yrs (hopefully) with everything he needs and wants.


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.

Jeri Penland

Already an ASPCA monthly donater...God Bless you and these animals for all you do...I wish I could physically be there to are always in my prayers...

Lilly Smith

Thank you for rescuing these wonderful creatures!

Helene Hildebrand

I adopted a 6 yr. old Papillion female breeding dog three years ago. She was brought up to a Chicago area no-kill shelter from an ASPCA raid on a mill in Missouri. She was in horrible shape. Vet said he never had seen a uterus so engorged. Plus she had conjunctitis of both eyes, and had 10 rotten teeth pulled, most of which he said just fell out. Her coat was so stained from sitting in poop and she looked a wreck. It took a while for her to get used to a household and to trust people, but she's a very loving, well-adjusted little dog. Wouldn't trade her for anything, and just the thought of what she went through for her first 6 years and always having her puppies taken away just makes me cry. The people who run these mills should be hung out to rot!


Politics and the almighty dollar.

That's what runs this country, unfortunately.

We will fight tooth and nail to get a murderer off by reason of insanity or his/her awful childhood upbringing.

The pet puppy-millers will just get smacked on the fingers with a yardstick life we used to get in the catholic schools - just saying.......

Marion Cavanagh

I wouldn't show these "killers" any mercy. None at all. Throw the book at them. Prosecute, to the full extent of the law!

Joanne Willis

These people who have these puppy mills should be prosecuted to the max, so they never do this again. Give them jail time in a maximum security prison. Make them understand that what they are doing is wrong. How about bread and water and make them sleep on the floor. Maybe they will think twice about doing the deed again.


Please put these criminals out of business! Prosecute these people for animal cruelty, make certain they are not allowed to set up another puppy mill again.


carol Petersen....are you an idiot? Apparently so because thousands of animals are destroyed every year in shelters.....I know for a fact that one was rescued just in time....they were going to put him down because he was an "old" dog.....he was 4 yrs. old....hmmmm.

There is NO NEED to buy a pure bred dog.....real animal lovers adopt from the shelters....and there are PLENTY of small breed dogs in obviously, just want some kind of "bragging rights" that you BOUGHT a dog! Animals are NOT commodities and quite frankly, I'd like to see all breeders shut down. We have an over population of furry kids and we need to help those in the shelters first!