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.

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There should be very stiff laws on be affiliated with puppy mills. Screw fines, make them do hard time with people who may give them the same treatment they've provided to so many animals.

Jules in WI

Are the puppies from the KY puppy mill rescue available for adoption ??


Thank God for organizations such as the ASPCA. Currently we do not seem to have any shortage of companion animals - whether canine or feline - so why do we still have and support breeders? It seems every other week, a new story pops up about hoards of animals being rescued from these monsters - called humans. At this very moment there are thousands of pets sitting in cages at shelters across the country waiting, waiting to be adopted and to be loved. How can we get to each one, when cruel and careless humans keep breeding more, and more and more? Who will adopt them ALL? Where do they go when they are not "adopted"? Shouldn't we put a legal stop to this? I have three rescues and all of mine were strays. God bless those with an open heart and a clear mind to do the right thing for those that cannot help themselves.


Can someone please tell me why has there never been a petition to the leader of your country, to completely close down every single puppy mill/animal mill? We are all agreed that puppy mills and all animal mills MUST be closed down. They are the ones causing the deaths of millions of shelter animals and they are getting away with it. I live in the UK and if something as dreadful as this happens, we can write to our leader, the Prime minister. If a law is brought in here in Parliament, it is the same law for the whole country, not for just parts of it, as the US has with its different states run by governors. Obviously you're going to get good and bad governors. Some who care and some who don't give a toss. I really don't understand your politics. Why don't you cut out the middle men and go straight to the top? Pamela M. Beck writes well. Why don't you start a Care2 petition to your President, Pamela? Hundreds of thousands of citizens would sign it and share it, including me. It's no good pussyfooting around with the USDA, from what I've read over the years, they are next to useless. Please I beg you, petition your country's leader. Alert the media. An ongoing massive campaign on tv and in the newspapers will show that we are at the end of our tether and we won't be put off anymore. I hope Pamela reads this. If not, surely there is someone else in the whole of the USA who is capable and willing to compose a petition.


as long as the law allows these things to go on people will do anything for $$$. I urge stricter rules and stiffer punishment.
I see in the Sunday paper often in my area advertisements from one place that offers 6 diff breeds of puppies. I can not see how they can take care of so many dogs or puppies.

Pattie Allen

Thank you so much for all you do for these wonderful babies. I really appreciate you all doing this. I will help with legislature or whatever I need to in order to stop this cruelty. I do hope these people are prosecuted. If I can provide a gtemporary shelter I am offering. Thanks again

Linda Karppinen

Some of you are right, these dogs were not in bad shape but mentally they have been. To be kept in cages and bred over and over is cruel and heartless. Given no love or attention is not what the Lord had in mind. He is love and he told us humans to take care of all living things with love and respect. I am so happy that He guided these people there to save them. God Bless them.


God bless all who rescued those dogs - it's a continuous battle that must be fought to shut them all down.

E. Winston

This has to be done in the courts. These states known to have puppy mills, need stronger laws. Breeders should be certified and licensed. There is an Animal Legal Defense Fund. We should all donate something to that. Thank you ASPCA for your hard work.

Rebecca West

Thank you ASPCA for all you do! Please adopt from your local shelter, and not from a pet store.