13 Mill Dogs Rescued on New Year’s Eve

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IowaRescue2New Year’s Eve was a very special day for 13 puppy mill dogs from Iowa.  HUA and Almost Home Canine Rescue volunteers drove a combined 500 miles round trip to rescue the dogs from a breeder in Iowa who is now out of business.  These were the last of her breeding stock.  Our adorable passengers made not a peep on the ride, with the exception of one spunky Pekingese fellow who expressed his desire to get to where we were going already!  Some of the dogs were shaved down by the breeder, but others were filthy, matted messes.  The smell in the car was overwhelming.  Upon arrival all of the dogs were very afraid of what would happen next and were reluctant to come out of their crates.  Curiosity got the best of some of them, who hopped out to check us out.  Others had to be gently removed while they fought to stay in their crates, safe from the human contact that they thought may cause them harm.  They were all stiff as a board with fright when they had their pictures taken and were soon taken to playpens with warm blankets and good tasting soft food.  By the time we left all were settled in with full tummies, looking comfortable and relaxed.  We are happy that one more breeder is out of business, never to cause emotional or physical harm to another dog.  We look forward to seeing what the new year brings for these 13 precious poodles, schnauzers, and papillons.  They are now safe and loved for the first time in their lives and will have the opportunity to know good health and be adopted to the happy homes that they always should have had.

Meet the new arrivals:



20 Responses to “13 Mill Dogs Rescued on New Year’s Eve”

  1. Michelle and Aubry Grimm Says:
    January 1st, 2010 at 11:35 am

    My daughter and I volunteer at our local animal shelter (Save-A-Pet Adoption Center) and we recently rescued 18 puppy mill dogs too-they were shutting down. Nothing better than to rescue them and give them the lives they so deserve. Bravo to all of you who helped in this rescue. Hopefully with all of us helping, we can shut these horror places down!!!! Glad to hear these puppies are saved!!!

  2. HuaLori Says:
    January 1st, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Great job Michelle and Aubry! Thanks for sharing your story. It is great to know that progress is being made.

  3. Jason Says:
    January 1st, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I just found your site and want to say thank you for putting these horrible people out of business and for saving these innocent animals. God Bless Each One Of You!!!!! Jason in Texas

  4. sengla vanmanivong Says:
    January 1st, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    You are the angles, God bless you for what you done.
    Great works.And I thank you

  5. Peg Says:
    January 1st, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Great Job! Thanks to your dedication 2010 truly will be a new beginning for these 13.

  6. Nancy Peterson Says:
    January 1st, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Carol and all HUA workers, thank you so much for all you do. I love you guys and Bruna sends doxie kisses to all her friends there!

  7. Pam Says:
    January 1st, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    What an adorable bunch of dogs! It is very comforting to see them in the loving care of HUA. Thank you for all that you do to help these little souls in need.


  8. Cara Anderson Says:
    January 2nd, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    YAY HUA!! I LOVE you guys!! This is just a wonderful way to bring in 2010! Thank you so much for your tireless efforts!


  9. Patti Hall Says:
    January 3rd, 2010 at 6:49 am

    You guys make tears in my eyes. Fantastic job.I want to hold one of them so bad. I have seven dogs here at home and
    two of them are visually impaired Golden Retrievers that we rescued.

  10. rachel Says:
    January 3rd, 2010 at 9:56 am

    we saw a few amazing dogs that you rescued on nye and we are very interested in them how do find out more about these cute lovable dogs

  11. HuaLori Says:
    January 3rd, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Hi Rachel, You can write to jenny@hua.org for more information, or fill out an application online on our website at http://www.hua.org. Thanks! Lori

  12. Julie Lavin Says:
    January 3rd, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Carol, Lori, and everyone at HUA,

    Thank you for taking these precious dogs into your care. I know they now will get the best of care and new forever homes. I am forever grateful to work with all of you- you are amazing!

    Julie Lavin
    Almost Home Canine Rescue

  13. Barbara Says:
    January 5th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I am so happy to hear of another puppy mill going out and the dogs being rescued. THANK YOU HUA! You are truly wonderful people.

  14. Cathy Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Thanks to all involved in saving these dogs! I have a Papillon myself – a rescue – so this is really dear to my heart. Bless you all and the best to all these dear little dogs!

  15. Lora Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    You all deserve a medal for what you do. Breaks my heart to see animals in such poor shape, thanks to hearts united, maybe they will all get at chance at feeling loved.

  16. Mary Garza Says:
    January 8th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    God Bless all of you who work so hard to save the animals.

  17. jean bressler Says:
    January 9th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    What a way for those precious dogs to start the new year–safe, secure, and lovingly cared for!!! Thanks to all.

  18. Chris S. Says:
    January 12th, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Where was this located in Iowa? If someone would
    be curious if a “breeder” is really a puppy mill,
    could names be given to be checked out?

  19. HuaLori Says:
    January 12th, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Hi Chris, Fortunately this one is out of business, so not a worry. The best way for people to tell if they are dealing with a puppy mill is to insist on going to their place and meeting the parents and seeing ALL of the dogs. That way they can’t just bring a couple of dogs into the house or meet at a gas station and fail to show the horrible conditions the dogs actually live in. Multiple breeds and many, many dogs is a sign they are a puppy mill. Also if they are a good breeder they should be able to provide paperwork saying that the parents have been tested for breed specific genetic defects, etc. Of course we recommend that people not give their money to breeders at all but rather adopt from shelter or rescue group. Supporting the breeding industry is in our opinion socially irresponsible when there are so many homeless animals in the United States and abroad. Thanks for writing! Lori

  20. Mona Rae Douty, Pittsburgh, PA Says:
    January 14th, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Another success story!!! keep up the good work. The Douty Poms (CoCo, Andy and Sweetie) rescues all keep watch for anyone we can buddy with and so glad to hear our buddy Brescia will be going to a loving, forever home.

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