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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Wanda Story

I love this article you wrote & I agree with you 100%. I sign every petition against Puppy Mills & Illegal Breeding of any kind that I see. I have 2 adopted babies & my Daughter has 2 as well. If I can get well I will start fostering. Once again thank you & we do need tougher laws on this kind of people.



debbie ciolli

Oh Tougher Legislation IS Needed but Most of these "mills" have been ALLOWED to continue to BE GUILTY of Animal Cruelty, Abuse, Neglect and SELL Puppies and as for the Legislation? For Far TOO many Years, People have donated and contributed to a FEW Org's, Societies and Assoc's and yet "they" the Greedy Breeders" get away again and AGAIN, Continually time after time. You would THINK after SO many years MORE would Have BEEN Accomplished.'s what NEEDS to be Done...Spay and Neutering Should be Mandatory, or at least there should be a National Fund that ALL people who Truly cannot afford to have their animals spayed or neutered, their Animals WILL get the procedures. Second, ALL PUPPY and KITTEN Mills MUST be SHUT DOWN, all STORES should NOT be ALLOWED to SELL dogs, cats, kittens and puppies as long as there are and there ARE Literally....approx. STILL a half a MILLION a MONTH Killed in THIS Country alone. Since the numbers of "MILLS" aka Commercial Breeders and BACKYARD Breeders are approx.10,000, and THEY Produce MILLIONS of Animals Every Year, why haven't WE Understood that IF the CYCLE of Animals Bred and Born and Animals that are KILLED are also Always in the MILLIONS Every year..This then KEEPS this CYCLE of DEATH, Abuse and Neglect Never Ending? It's Almost like the "Authorities" that ARE...Intentionally Keep this CYCLE going..Common sense tells anyone, Millions Born to be SOLD, Millions KILLED, when DOES IT END?? It CANNOT and WILL Not EVER IS A CYCLE, Repeated Over and Over again, and the INHUMANITY and GREED is also CONTINUED at the EXPENSE of MILLIONS of Innocent, Helpless, Defenseless yet Loyal and Loving Animals Year after Year after Decade and Now More than a half of a CENTURY and it CONTINUES.. Animal Control and Kill Shelters I hope someday will ONLY be for rescue of Lost Animals or Neglected Animals who Then will be Adopted to a New FOREVER Home, and ALL ONLY Once they are spayed or neutered.

Crystal O'Leary

I agree with you a slap on the hand is just not enough. they should be punished the same way they have treated the animals or put in jail. I must admit I would enjoy see these people put in cages that are to small for them and see how they would feel also a super duper fine would that would hurt them would be good to.


I love my dogs and all animals and I do not advocate puppy mills at all. I think they are awful awful things. However from the video that was posted all of these dogs look like they were in very good health and were inside a building not out in the cold. The cages looked clean with stray in them and there were water and food bowls. All of the dogs had clear eyes and looked to be at a healthy weight. Their coats looked clean as well. This does not look like deplorable conditions to me. I have seen some places there were in much worse shape such as animal shelters and no one has closed them down.


I think ANY place where dogs are not socialized and able to enjoy grass under-their feet sunshine in their face is deplorable, the need to be with families, not kept away in any kind of cage. God bless the rescuers.


I agree with you !!!!!


Agree 150% !!!!!!!!!!


I also agree big time! They need human touch, the loving hands that pet them, play with them, a nice warm place to sleep, never go without food and clean water. And lets not leave out the many kisses! They need love just as humans do.


So Jennifer, yes, we have seen worse conditions in puppy mills, but that does not make this one 'not so bad' as you seem to think. I suppose you think it's ok to keep a dog in a pit (the b/w jack russell like dog). The ASPCA said that there was built up feces & urine, & since they were there, they should know.