Cold, fearful, lonely. That’s how life was for 43 dogs in a Kentucky puppy mill—until the ASPCA rescued them on January 21. In the six months since that raid, we have made tremendous progress, in both this specific case and in our larger fight against commercial dog breeding. Here’s what we’ve been able to accomplish, thanks to donations from supporters like you:
The Dogs: Thirty-seven of the Kentucky dogs were placed into local area shelters and made available for adoption. The other six—who suffered from deeper psychological and medical issues as a result of the mill’s deplorable conditions—were transferred to the ASPCA’s Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, New Jersey. One dog is still in treatment, while the other five have all graduated from the program. Two have already found their forever homes.
The Case: Dennis Bradley, the owner and operator of the puppy mill, pled guilty to animal cruelty in the second degree and received six months in jail probated for a term of 24 months. He will not be allowed to operate a kennel or breeding operation for the duration of his probation.
The Issue: The ASPCA estimates that there are between 6,000 and 10,000 puppy mills operating in the United States. In addition to raids, like the one in Kentucky, we are on the ground in states around the nation fighting for the passage of stronger laws to crack down on puppy mills. In the last six months alone, we have facilitated the passage of commercial breeder and pet sales-related reforms in Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota and Virginia.
The ASPCA continues to be at the forefront of the fight against puppy mills, but we cannot do it alone. To stand with us today is to take a stand against commercial dog breeding, and we hope that you will join the fight by making a donation now.