April 17, 2015

ASPCA Places Dogs Rescued from Alabama Puppy Mill in 11 States

Exciting news: After weeks of providing medical care and behavioral enrichment to dogs rescued from an Alabama puppy mill, the ASPCA has begun transporting the dogs to various animal welfare agencies in 11 states, where they will be made ready for adoption.

More than 130 dogs were seized from the puppy mill, including Chihuahuas, Chows and Pomeranians ranging in age from 2 months to 5 years. The dogs were living in filthy, deplorable conditions, with many suffering from malnourishment and other medical issues.

The dogs will be transported to the following animal shelters and rescue groups via the ASPCA Animal Relocation and Transport Initiative's Nancy Silverman Rescue Ride and Florida Disaster Animal Response and Transport (FL DART):

  • Angels of Assisi (Roanoke, Virginia)
  • Capital Area Humane Society (Hilliard, Ohio)
  • Cedar Bend Humane Society (Waterloo, Iowa)
  • Charleston Animal Society (North Charleston, South Carolina)
  • Citizens for Humane Action (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Humane Society of Broward County (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
  • Humane Society of Calvert County (Sunderland, Maryland)
  • Humane Society of Great Birmingham (Birmingham, Alabama)
  • Humane Society of Greater Savannah (Savannah, Georgia)
  • Humane Society of Pinellas (Clearwater, Florida)
  • McKamey Animal Care Center (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
  • Montgomery Humane Society (Montgomery, Alabama)
  • Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue (Bradenton, Florida)
  • Quincy Humane Society (Quincy, Illinois)
  • Wayside Waifs (Kansas City, Missouri)

In addition to dogs from the Alabama puppy mill, some of the above groups will also receive dogs the ASPCA rescued from a dog fighting operation in South Carolina and from an Arkansas dog sanctuary earlier this year.

team member helping dog in crate

Four of the dogs are in need of behavioral rehabilitation for extreme fear and under-socialization, and will receive treatment at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, New Jersey.

The puppy mill seizure was the result of an investigation that began after local authorities received numerous complaints about conditions at the breeding facility. Both owners of the facility were charged with animal cruelty.

puppies

Looking to adopt but don't live in one of these states? Visit aspca.org/adopt to find dogs near you in need of a home!