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.