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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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Lori Zemites

Please prosecute the offenders to the max! Help get stricter laws passed, implemented and enforced for animal cruelty. The sick people, who are guilty, need a lesson that will be painful to their pocket books and conscious.

Alma Mireles

That is the whole problem. They are not being prosecuted. A slap on the hand a small fine. Then they keep on making money torturing these animals.

Gail Costa

Why aren't they being prosecuted? Is it OK to abuse a helpless animal. I don't understand the laws. People who abuse animals abuse people also.

Jackie Earnshaw...

Lori, in an email I received from the ASPCA, it was stated the owner got a slap on the wrist i.e., probation, I believe the term was 6 months but I could be wrong on the length.

suzi pettit

That's EXACTLY what needs to be done - tougher legislation. That this is even allowed on such a massive scale in our "civilized" country is one of our most uncivilized "sweep it under the rug" tragedies!

Pamela M Beck

Many blessings to all who work to make animals' lives better. We are their only voice. ♥ So I am using my voice to post this repeatedly, until it somehow falls into the hands of someone who has the authority and the courage to help us put an end to puppy and kittens mills. PUPPY MILLS ARE GLUTTING THE SYSTEM
We will euthanize 10,000 pets today at our animal shelters and city Animal Care & Control facilities. We will euthanize 10,000 pets tomorrow too, and most every day. Unless our lawmakers enact regulations on the production of puppy and kitten mills, this pet overpopulation crisis is doomed to increase. This is costing our government millions of dollars, which are OUR TAX DOLLARS! And they are being spent to KILL PETS that the PUPPY MILLS ARE PRODUCING. What is wrong with this picture? The USDA has NEGLECTED to regulate this mill production, to the point that our country is about to explode with dead and suffering animals. Surely, our government must know that this has to stop! I will never understand how the USDA has any business having pets under the same regulations, (or the lack thereof), as poultry, slaughter hogs and beef cattle producers...WE DO NOT EAT DOGS AND CATS IN THIS COUNTRY, they are pets! Our government must stop allowing them to be mass produced like they were food animals! And the conditions that we accept as "USDA approved" for these animals to live in, consist of a lifetime of horrific neglect and deprivation! These pets don't even go to slaughter when they are old enough and fattened up. They live their entire lives in a cage, often left out in all kinds of weather, with little or no veterinary care. The female's' life is spent carrying, nursing, or grieving her lost babies, until she is bred yet again. Then about twice a year, the male shares her cage until mating is complete. Then he is returned to languish in his own fIlthy cage until it is time to breed again. This only ends for them when they die, or become "no longer good for breeding" I don't know what, if any regulation exists for their "disposal". But the numbers of dead and decaying animal carcasses that are strewn throughout the property of far too many of these mills, speak volumes. Unfortunately, the financial influence of the Agriculture business has managed to supersede the horrific conditions of the animals, the pet overpopulation crisis, even the glutting of our own systems! IF YOU SHOP AT A PET STORE THAT SELLS PETS, YOU ARE SUPPORTING THIS HORRIFIC CRUELTY!
WE THE PEOPLE, MUST RISE UP AND DEMAND THAT OUR GOVERNMENT ENACT LAWS TO END THIS INSANITY! I guarantee you, if the beef producers were churning out millions of pounds of beef in a year, and we only ate half of it, and the other half had to be "disposed of" at great expense to the government, you can bet the USDA would be slapping some major restrictions on beef production. So why don't they see that we are euthanizing over four million pets a year, and the puppy and kitten mills are "producing" a majority of them? IS OUR GOVERNMENT REALLY SO "OWNED" BY THE PUPPY MILL/AG INDUSTRY, THAT THEY BETRAY THEIR CONSTITUENTS, WASTE OUR TAX DOLLARS AND GLUT THEIR OWN SYSTEM? We must find a way to rid our world of this horrific business of abuse and neglect! OUR GOVERNMENT MUST TAKE ACTION TODAY!

Valerie Orner

Thank you for your informative and NEEDED message. I have been fostering dogs for the past 3 years and have seen the ravages of animals bred until their teeth are literally falling out. I picked up a matted little angel yesterday that will probably have to have more then 10 teeth extracted, surgery for cherry-eye and a coat that will need time and good nutrition to come back. YOUR MESSAGE NEEDS TO REACH EVERY VOTING MEMBER OF THIS COUNTRY AND AROUND THE GLOBE. WE ARE THEIR VOICE!


Yours is a very articulate piece that I hope you are forwarding to Congress & the H.R. Education is also key, starting with kids in elementary school on how to properly care for their animals. The money that is spent cleaning up this problem in all communities could be better spent on education if only people weren't so short-sighted. Well said!!!

Geraldine Mayor

Thank you for eloquently explaining how way behind the government is catching up on how puppy mills both exploit animals, and good people, as our tax dollars are being spent to kill pets that puppy mills and backyard breeders produce.
Please write a letter to the editors of the big newspapers, as it is very convincing. Thank you again

carol petersen

give me a break, the dogs in this video looked well cared for, fat and healthy. any dog would be scared of strangers grabbing them and hauling them off. before I continue, I am NOT a breeder, either private or commercial. I am 69 years old. I have bought my pets in the past 40 years from breeders, not breeders who show, but breeders that raise nice quality companion pets. I have never had a bad dog, health wise, or with a poor temperment.
dogs are disposed of???? honey, you DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!!! the dogs that are "disposed of" as you put it are the offspring of private families intact dogs, allowed to breed the neighbors dog, or whatever female he can find. the pounds are full of lab/collie, lab/shepherd, shepherd/collie, beagle/hound, hound/lab, etc., etc., etc., etc., etc.!! you will not find yorkies, toy poodles, shih tzu, maltese etc. at the humane society. unless an owner gave up the dog for a reason, then there is a waiting line for that dog. the dogs that are "disposed of" are the medium to large mix breed shedding dogs and of course pit bull. not everyone wants a large shedding mix, some like myself have allergies. the only dumb dog I ever owned was from a show home in virginia, the dog was weird, no other way to say it. never bought from ashow breeder again, to inbred. I have had shih tzu, bichon, and many small toy mix breeds over my lifetime, all non-shedding. always had two, so they would have company if I went out.
WE THE PEOPLE, MUST RISE UP AND DEMAND THAT OUR GOVERNMENT stay the hell out of our business. if you want to complain about something, try the fact that we are now going to send chickens to china for processing, then send them back here, won't that be interesting, wonder how many will become sick from those birds. by the way, when I was on the farm (horse farm) I had free roaming chickens, my rooster lived to 13 years old, bet you didn't know chickens live to 10-12 year average, if we didn't BUTCHER them.
"PUPPY MILLS ARE GLUTTING THE SYSTEM", ignorant statement, thank God for licensed commercial breeders, I could not of had a dog if I needed to depend on the humane society for a pet. as I said before, you will not find small breed dogs in any number at the humane society. perhaps you want a lab/ beagle mix, I DO NOT. there are to many irresponsible dog owner (especially the farmers) who will not spend a dime to nueter there animals, let them run and breed at will. the resulting large mix breed litters of 10 to 15 puppies end up in the pound.
the financial influence of the Agriculture business has managed to supersede the horrific conditions of the animals, the pet overpopulation crisis. they are worried you will start on there cows and pigs next, so they fight you. I think we should start on there pigs especially, pigs are more intelligent than dogs, cleaner than dogs, and they don't eat there own poop. but they are treated so cruely in this country, it makes the worst breeder seem like heaven in comparison. bet you do not give a crap as you stuff your face with bacon at breakfast.
just saying, carol