ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team members are in the process of rescuing more than 100 dogs from an Arkansas puppy mill where a search warrant was executed earlier today. ASPCA response team members and veterinary staff are working to evaluate the pups and ready them for transport to a temporary shelter.
FIR Medical Director Dr. Rhonda Windham and her forensics team are also at the site, working to document the condition of the dogs to help law enforcement build a criminal case against the mill’s owner, Pam Thomas. Thomas has been arrested and charged with three counts of felony animal cruelty.
During the raid earlier today, the team found more than 100 frightened and unhealthy dogs living in profoundly inhumane conditions at the mill, suffering from severe neglect and various diseases.
“Our goal is to help the local authorities by providing experts and resources to support the case, and see that these animals move on to a better place,” says ASPCA Director of Investigations Kathryn Destreza, who is leading the operation for the ASPCA.
We’ll have more on this developing story soon—stay tuned to the ASPCA blog.
ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team members are removing more than 100 dogs from the squalid Arkansas puppy mill they raided this morning. Using the ASPCA’s custom animal transport vehicles, the team is moving the canines to a temporary shelter, where they’ll receive badly needed veterinary attention and perhaps the first human kindness of their lives.
The terrified dogs endured profoundly inhumane conditions at the mill. ASPCA responders found them to be suffering from severe neglect, skin conditions and flea infestation.
“The ASPCA is pleased to be in a position to lend our assistance and help the Garland County Sheriff’s Office put an end to puppy mills in their community,” says Kathryn Destreza, Director of Investigations for the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response Team. “Puppy mill dogs suffer from living in extremely unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization, and we appreciate the efforts of the local authorities in pursuing this investigation.”
At the shelter, a full team of veterinary professionals is prepared to triage the dogs, immediately tending to any urgent medical needs, then evaluating and providing a treatment plan for each canine. The dogs will then settle in to their new lodgings to begin recovering from the cruelty they have endured.
Because they are part of a criminal case, the dogs will not immediately be made available for adoption.
Watch ASPCA.org for more information about this case, or register to receive the latest news in your inbox. To find out how you can help save dogs from puppy mills, visit www.nopetstorepuppies.com.
Puppy mill dogs, like this one in Holly Springs, MO, often suffer from skin diseases and other conditions caused by serious neglect.
The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team is in Hot Springs, Arkansas, today, rescuing more than 100 small dogs—including Dachshunds, West Highland white terriers, Boston terriers and Chihuahuas—from a puppy mill. Our responders, led by ASPCA Director of Investigations Kathryn Destreza, are acting at the behest of the Garland County Sheriff’s Department and are working with the International Fund for Animal Welfare, PetSmart Charities, Inc., and the Garland County Humane Society.
Watch the ASPCA blog for more information on this developing case.
In his song “Savin’ Up” Bruce Springsteen sings, “You better start savin’ up for the things that money can’t buy.” The Boss has a point.
I thought about Springsteen’s message last weekend when I was in Los Angeles attending the Rock ’N’ Roll Half-Marathon in Los Angeles benefitting the ASPCA. Approximately 8,000 runners participated, many of whom were there to support causes important to them. They did not just give up a Sunday to run. Instead, most of them had trained for months or longer in order to promote their causes, improve their health, lose weight or simply to prove that they could do it. None of these outcomes could have been bought, which made them more special.
I was there to cheer the hundreds of people who comprised Team ASPCA, a group running to benefit animals. Going into the race, some of our runners were nervous because they had never run such a long distance. In fact, some members of Team ASPCA had never been runners at all before they committed themselves to training for this race. But these same people who had shared their concerns with me before the race crossed the finish line with huge smiles because they had not only achieved a tremendous personal accomplishment, they had also promoted a cause in which they believe.
As part of the ASPCA’s involvement in the half-marathon, we distributed $280,000 in grants to Los Angeles-area animal shelters and rescue groups. Some of the fans who cheered on Team ASPCA from the sidelines (or the nearby Bark Park) were homeless dogs from Bark Avenue Foundation. Rock star Bret Michaels, an animal lover who was performing at the event, met some of the dogs up for adoption and even named one “Little Bret”.
I’ve never run a marathon, so I didn’t know what to expect at the event. I came away inspired by the participants. If you think that you might like to participate in a Team ASPCA event, please go to www.jointeamaspca.org for more information.
Congratulations to Donna Foley of St. Louis, Missouri. Out of thousands of contest entries, Donna’s name was randomly selected to win our grand prize. We couldn’t wait to call our lucky recipient to fill her in on the good news.
“I can’t believe I won!” exclaimed an overjoyed Donna. “I never thought it would be me, I am just so excited.”
As the lucky winner, Donna will receive:
Two round-trip tickets to NYC
Two tickets to attend the ASPCA Humane Awards Luncheon on November 17
A guided tour of the ASPCA Adoption Center
Plus,a $10,000 shelter grant!
Stay tuned for coverage of Donna’s visit to NYC—and the announcement of the lucky shelter to receive the $10,000 grant!