117 Dogs Rescued as 2 Puppy Mills Close

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FarrahBSince January 1st, 2014, Hearts United for Animals has rescued 117 dogs from 2 puppy mills in South Dakota that just closed their doors for good last week.  Rescuers battled 50 below wind chills, white out conditions and a vehicle malfunction as they made several 12 hour trips to rescue all of the dogs.  Other groups stepped up to help, taking in 32 of the 117 dogs.  For the remaining 85 dogs at Hearts United the vet bills are anticipated to near the $20,000 mark.  Farrah, pictured here, has had eye infection for so long that she has permanent vision loss.  She will see the eye specialist this week.

The dogs were all so filthy that rescuers nearly fainted at the smell.  The white dogs were yellow and even after many baths the staining cannot be removed.  A bath for one dog can be a several day project to chip away the caked on mess between their paws, trim their nails that are curled under so badly that they can barely walk, and shave all of the caked mats out of their fur.  Some cannot emotionally handle too much grooming at one time, so employees and volunteers work with them a little each day to get them cleaned up.

Poor Charlie Girl is having emergency hernia surgery this week.  She gave birth to litter after litter of puppies in the filthy, deplorable conditions at the mill until her body gave out.  Many of the dogs are suffering from severe dental disease, some with only one dangling, rotten tooth left.  The ones with the most severe dental disease are emaciated.  Every rib can be felt on their fragile little bodies because their mouths hurt too badly to eat the kibble provided for them at the puppy mill.  They are ravenously lapping up their soft canned food at Hearts United for Animals.  There have been several cases of ear mites and other parasites causing the dogs to scratch so much from the distress that they have wounds on their ears and bodies.

Even though Toulouse was suffering, he still kept an eye out on his little Chihuahua pal, Berto.  He has not left his side since they were rescued.  He wants to make sure that his pal is protected and safe, knowing he is very shy and afraid, and is also in pain due to his severe dental disease.

If you are interested in adopting one of the recently rescued dogs please contact tera@hua.org.  If you have adopted from HUA before there is no need to fill out another application.  You can also help by sending this email on to friends and co-workers to help find happy homes for the dogs at HUA and raise funds for their extensive medical needs.


15 Responses to “117 Dogs Rescued as 2 Puppy Mills Close”

  1. Nancy Ternes Says:
    February 13th, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Just trying to find out he Eve and “hero” are doing? Please

  2. HuaLori Says:
    February 13th, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Eve and Hero are both doing really well. Hero is gaining coordination and loves toddling down the hall to see what is going on at the shelter. Eve continues to heal. She is eating well, enjoys the company of many visitors and is getting up and walking on her own now.

  3. Anne Crofford Says:
    February 18th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Was just wondering how poor Charlie Girl is doing. She looks so very sad. Would love to just bring her home. :)

  4. Ben Hollingsworth Says:
    February 19th, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Do you have some idea which breeds are represented in the dogs you rescued?

  5. HuaLori Says:
    February 20th, 2014 at 6:06 am

    She is doing very well. Her hernia operation was successful. She is recovering quickly!

  6. HuaLori Says:
    February 20th, 2014 at 6:07 am

    There were Japanese Chins, Chihuahuas, Shih-tzus, Poodles, Chin/Chihuahua mixes and Schnauzers. If you are interested in adopting or receiving more info please write to tera@hua.org. Thanks so much for caring about the dogs.

  7. Larry Claassen Says:
    February 20th, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Are the people responsible being prosecuted?

  8. HuaLori Says:
    February 20th, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Hi Larry, In this case the breeders reached out to us to voluntarily surrender all of the dogs. They are going out of business and selling their property.

  9. Amy Wudtke Says:
    February 20th, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Do you know when and if Charile Girl will be available for adoption?

  10. HuaLori Says:
    February 20th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    You can email tera@hua.org for adoption status updates. Thanks so much.

  11. gary skala Says:
    February 21st, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    how many chihuahuas did you rescue? I just adore them. I have three.

  12. sandy quittem Says:
    February 21st, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    would be interested in a schnauzer how far are you from Sioux falls s.dak

  13. HuaLori Says:
    February 21st, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    We are about three and a half hours from Sioux Falls. We have many gorgeous, friendly schnauzers right now. Please write to tera@hua.org for more info. Thanks so much!

  14. HuaLori Says:
    February 21st, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    We have over thirty chihuahuas right now. Please write to tera@hua.org for more info. We have some verb sweet little ones. Thanks so much for inquiring.

  15. Debbie Roy Says:
    May 31st, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I wish I lived closer; I live in NC. I just submitted an application and continued to read on about your organization. The stories I’ve read are breaking my heart, but I am so glad these poor babies have you to save them. Hopefully I will be allowed to provide a loving home for two or more that need a home.

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