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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Rosa Caldwell

We have many problems here in Kentucky. Many of the people in charge of Animal Control are part of "the good old boy club". Animal problems are at the bottom of the legal rope. Now we are having to constantly deal with breed discrimination. Many communities you are not allowed to own certain breeds, some communities if you own a certain breed you have to pay a big fee and even some communities, you have to comply with certain yard and home regulations. We do have many animal lovers in Kentucky. We are not all like the bad guys. We need outside help such as the ASPCA and the Humane Society to step in and do all they can to help alleviate these many animal problems.


That is way I won't donate.A slap on the wrist,come on.

Paul Denko

It the laws that are the problem, duh. Until legislators get some nerve and make laws that will be deterrent then things will not change. Animal suffering for profit needs to be a felony crime, period.

Rita Cannon

thank you, thank you, thank you, for all the good works that you do. I know I would not be able to do your job without wanting to really hurt the people responsible for treating animals like that. It takes someone with a huge heart to do what you do. again thank you...


It is the same thing over and over again. There has to be legislation passed across all states for prosecution to the maximum, more that a few month's jail time, thousands of dollars in fines and not the "slap on the wrist" and small fine. A proposal to make these abusers pay for all medical care and cost of keeping the animals in facilities would be appropriate as well. Look at the dog's eyes, it says it all. Makes me livid. Thanks to all who participated in this rescue.


Unfortunately, KY has HORRIBLE animal abuse laws. The fines are a pittance & rarely, if ever, do the abusers spend one minute in jail.


The people that treat animals like this should get more than just a slap on the hand. With most people our animals are our children, if they do this to animals I would hate to see how their children were raised.

beth lyons

please prosecute this puppy mill and shut it down forever!!! thanks to the great team at the aspca!!!! excellent work!!!

Penny W

I bet if you put the people that do this in small boxes with their feces and hardly any food and no contact with other people they wouldn't be doing this. I say treat people as they do their animals.


laws need to be followed. Right now these and all these horrible Puppy Mills are getting away with murder. These animals are abused period. Why do so many law abiding church going people turn the other way and ignore the suffering of these animals! If you turn the other way for the abuse they are going thru I hope your GOD turns you away when you enter his kingdom!