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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just read "Carol Petersons" comment, this woman must live in a fricking cave or is brainless! Someone needs to take her to the shelters and make her look at what is being euthanized! She is a stone cold bitch to think these breeder dogs all get homes! An ignorant bitch! What a sad excuse for a human in the form of a human!

Judy Huebner

I was reading the letters here and it is very interesting to say the least.. I am a Animal lover.. I have dogs, cats, goats, a donkey, a mini horse and her baby. Oh, and 2 outside bunnies. Plus Bud the big horse. I have spent my whole life raising animals just for the companionship..I have watched and read and belong to anything that is remotely animal related.. My goats which I own 12 are our pets who make us laugh. We do not go out much, don't care to, the animals keep us company.. Have 3 grown kids who do right by their dogs, one has a pit bull.. Ava is a great dog.. She loves me but when her owner comes to pick her up from a play weekend with my dogs, it is wonderful to watch her with him.. Now, I will tell you what I believe.. I believe that if you cannot be good to a animal that in all essence means that you will not be good to a human.. That is pretty close to being I think fact.. Just look at what makes sociopaths. What is the first thing that they start killing? Animals.. Animals are at the mercy of humans..Humans have a bad reputation when it comes to trying to fix problems relating to just about anything.. OK, maybe I was a little depressing there.. But it is true I think... I do not begrudge Breeders breeding dogs but i do think that they can do more to help themselves out and to help curb the problem.. Yes,hh this is America and we do have intrinsic freedoms but that does not absolve anyone from helping out to make sure laws that can get the bad ones out... Regulation is ok, in order for a society to flourish we all need boundaries. We can only hope that we make them fairly.. I am personally reading a book right now called "Blue". It is enough to make you cry over and over but sometimes you need to know the whole story so that you can know how to help..If you also look at the issue of Horse owners that have to many horses and the subject of the slaughtering of them.. I feel that some horse owners want to have it just like the cats and dogs.. It is a national shame that this goes on right now.. We are not a backward country, but you would not know it because of what is going on right now. Everyone who wrote a note here is right except for the person maybe who said that by looking at the dog that is in the caption, that shows exactly what was happening to all the dogs that where found.. That is just being in denial..I do so realize that humans are important to.. Our world is a throw away society.. So that are Elderly, our children, our wildlife, and all that we hold dear, is eroding around us.. We can make a difference one by one.. A letter here a phone call, belonging to a group of people that have the same thoughts that you have, all good thing.. Just remember this, if you believe in a entity or God, animals are Gods eyes. Being cruel to a animal is almost worse then a human because they have no voice. Humans at least have a voice, some times they don't use it but they have it. So that story that we were taught about taking in a stranger in Church, well it could be a divine being just dropping off just checking up on us and keeping us on a straight path..My mother died from alziheimers about 1and 1/2 years ago.. I took her dog that she had adopted, Duke had a little bit of a hard time having to learn that he was one of three dogs...It did work and he was able to enjoy the last 6 years of his life with me..The thing about Duke was his eyes..i would be working at the counter and I would look around and his eyes always looked at me like "would you do right be me." They looked right through me. I could see why my Mother picked him out.. Plus he used to run away from previous owners, but he never did with my Mother..She worshiped the ground that he walked on. Without him she would not been able to stay at home and he defended here and just plain kept her safe when I could not be around...Animals do have healing properties. They make you life richer, keeping a person through the bad times, holding off the demons that are with us all, but mostly just plain making us happy.. I have three dogs, one is 13, another 12 and half, and the other one is 5.. I know that father time is coming for my Big Girl, and the Little one too.. They say that we are greeted in the afterlife with our animals.. Good Lord, I hope so because having animals is a blessing not a curse...We just have to get them out of the clutches of the bad..No excuses..

Judy Giammarino

Thankyou everyone involved in the rescue!Thankyou for foster-care,thankyou for adopters and thankyou for those who have money to contribute to this important cause.Thankyou




To those that didn't think the animals looked "that bad" - read the following article from the local newspaper in Kentucky - Just because you can't 'see' abuse doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

“Upon arrival detectives discovered several dogs in pens/cages outside which were obviously sick. Several dogs suffered from having skin ailments and two appeared to be near death,” states the citation, filed by Det. Glen Bland. “Many of the dogs were living in poor conditions without proper shelter. Most pens were (too) small and were covered in mud and feces.”

Former Pulaski County Animal Shelter Director Darren Wesley would eventually remove 21 dogs from the property — some of which were euthanized after they tested positive for parvo. Parvo is a highly-contagious virus that causes death in dogs if left untreated.

** PS - If your set on having a specific breed try looking on - you CAN find pure breed animals that need a home - they are out there waiting - I love my Siamese cat that I rescued from a shelter (not because he's a Siamese but because we bonded immediately) but there are plenty more in shelters that need to be rescued. Shelter Animals are not throw away animals!

Thank you ASPCA for all your good work

Nancy in Virginia

I gotta add my 2 cents .... I have rescued four purebred from kill shelters: a lovely Irish setter only 6 months old, a wonderful solid black German Shepherd who became a wonderful therapy dog, an English Shepherd who was a talented herding dog, and the latest one, a toy fox terrier who was running wild and had to be trapped. He is now a delightful little dog. So whoever thinks purebreds are not in shelters is ignorant beyond belief. Walk through your local shelter: you need an education.

Fran Wilder

God bless all of you for what you do for these wonderful animals!


My dream is to work for a place like ASPCA. To help and protect animals is my goal, they deserve so much better from us, I really believe that we are their voice!!Thank you guys for what you do for them!!


I applaud the committed, brave hero's of the ASPCA recovery team and all ASPCA supporters for making the recovery of our defensless victums possible. These unfortunate animals suffer a life of misery at the hands of a pathetic subculture that call themself human, when they really are the lowest form of life on this planet. I have been a guardian member of the ASPCA for the last 4 years and will continue my support till the day I die so the ASPCA remains strong in their fight against the parasites that prey on these innocent animals. WE ARE THEIR VOICE AND WE WILL BE TRIUMPHANT!!

Angelica Valme

I wish there was a way the law should step in for these people who claim that their business is legal especially these animals aren't care for properly living in cramp spaces, unclean conditons and probably not been fed often. This needs to be stop and those puppy mills need to be prosecuted.