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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I noticed one dog in the video kept in a kind of cage hole in the ground. You think that is not a deplorable condition.

Ruth Little

In response to the comments by Jennifer, that this puppy mill "looked
clean" etc...what is your point ? That the ASPCA should not have rescued these dogs ? Or that "some" puppy mills are O.K.? ALL
puppy mills should not exist...period. The name "puppy mill" says it
all...would you feel better if the video was gut wrenching ? If you
truly "do not advocate puppy mills at all"...why the comments ?


Jennifer, you are more than likely into backyard breeding and puppy milling - you can rationalize/be in denial about anything if you can make a buck. Get Real!!!!!

suzi pettit

No disrespect meant Jennifer, however your statement is a huge "BUT". BUT it's not the worst we've seen......this is a catalyst for those deplorable conditions


Read what the ASPCA states as the conditions in which the animals were found. The video is just part of the story. I have supported the ASPCA for years now and have found no evidence of sensationalism or exaggeration in their reporting of animal cruelty cases. Just because the dogs were "inside a building" does not mean they were not cold. It gets pretty cold in KY and an uninsulated and unheated building would not be warm enough for me. Here in Georgia, people sometimes die in their homes when they have no heat. Depends on the state as to whether or not a shelter is closed down for deplorable conditions. The only "deplorable condition" I have witnessed in shelters here is overcrowding and smell (which it is virtually impossible to control with that many animals). Occasionally a story will make the news about a worker abusing an animal. They are immediately dismissed and prosecuted. We still need tougher laws and punishment.

carol petersen

I agree with you completely, Jennifer there appeared to be nothing wrong with the dogs, looked fat and healthy to me.

Jacqui Gould

Jennifer - please join Tracy and Carol Petersen in the idiot corner. Please everyone stop making a statement based on a video; do you honestly think the ASPCA is going after well-run breeders?? Do you honestly think that because YOU think that "oh, the video doesn't seem that bad" that there isn't a real problem? That the ASPCA is spending time making things up? You all three ar an embarrassment to human society and to America by your vapid thoughts and opinions. Please stay out of the debate because your words are so dumb they are laughable.


I almost cried watching this! Thank God for those very kind & loving people who rescued these sweet & adorable dogs!

Lynn Mayhew

Thank you....
So many people turn their heads and forget they aren't just dogs! They are loyal companions , family members and should be treat as such? Thank you again!

Robyn Brooks

I want to add the white Chihuahua from the video of the Kentucky rescue to my family. How do I adopt him/her?