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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let's leave child welfare for another topic of debate - it only minimizes what we are discussing currently - this is not a child versus animal debate - all suffering of any kind must stop - that is the point.

Rebecca R. Schedler

Yes i must say i was amazed when i saw how clean these dogs were and that they had what looked like clean straw anyway. These are definitely not the terrible conditions of most dogs in puppy mills, but they were still housed in buildings without heat, caged and not warm in a loving home.


laurie and jennifer, perhaps you should spend some time with the animals and or volunteer in a shelter where these kinds of abused animals have been brought in. does their terrified body language and the pitiful looks on their faces say nothing to you, along with living in feces, and all the other things that we can't see from not being there? there is NO excuse for puppy mills to begin with…..there are millions of animals in shelters that need homes…..


Really Jennier!? Did you see the same videos I saw? Would you want your dogs to live under those conditions?


Jennifer, the hounds were outside in pens with absolutely no shelter. How can that not be bad? How can living in an enclosed box not be bad? The dogs may have seemed to be in good physical health, but emotionally they may be scarred for life. No creature deserves to be treated this way. If you have seen animal shelters that are worse than this puppy mill, you have a moral obligation to report them to the authorities, the ASPCA, or the local Humane Society.


Jennifer, the video doesn't really show the deplorable conditions of the puppy mill itself, but each & every dogs behavior should tell you what deplorable conditions and lifestyle they had to endure. They looked so fearful. Being scared is not a normal or balanced behavior, shaking and slouching as they were, I see it in their eyes too. What about that dog in the pit? What the heck... all I can say is "THANK YOU" to the rescuers for saving these dogs from not having to endure anymore psychological pain! I have two rescue's, both from puppy mills, and some issues my Shiba endured during his time in that disgustingly awful place, he can't get completely past. He is much better than he was, but if you have ever rescued a dog that was from a puppy you would not have defended this situation... because that's what it sounds like you're doing...

Val Blakely

I agree! Could the dogs have had a better life... absolutely. Should the outside dogs have had shelter..yes. I saw no feces or caked wires in the video. Dogs are often shy when they meet a stranger.. even in their own home.


I disagree. What I saw are dogs locked in cages or small pens (likely for life)- for the sole purpose of breeding so the proprietor could make money. That's disgusting. The dogs also looked fearful, at least in my eyes. Strong kudos to the ASPCA for shutting down this place down, God bless. I hope the dogs have a chance to enjoy the good life.


There should be a moratorium on ALL BREEDING for a year. They maybe things might change for these poor animals.


Obviously, something was wrong somewhere for the dogs to be surrendered and they guy to be held on animal cruelty charges.