On Friday, January 28th, another Nebraska puppy mill officially closed its doors. Hearts United for Animals worked closely with authorities to shut them down and we are so happy that the place is finally gone for good. We have rescued 72 dogs from this mill over the past several months, with the last 11 arriving on Friday. Mainly there were Shih-tzus, Yorkies, Maltese and combinations of those three breeds. The medical conditions are some of the worst we have seen. Over 3/4 of the females had mammary tumors, including Sariel who is not expected to live much longer because the cancer has spread. All of the dogs have had infected, horrible mouths. Many have been diagnosed with heart failure, with one dear girl passing away from that condition shortly after arrival. Willy Wonka had no bottom jaw and weighed only 3 pounds (many thanks to Willy’s adoptive parents who are nursing him back to health). Loena had cataracts in both eyes, a heart condition, a badly infected mouth, and a 1 inch tear in her abdominal wall with a hernia sac the size of an orange hanging out with her organs inside of it. Worst of all at 10 years of age and in this condition she was pregnant! In addition to all of these severe medical conditions we have also noted loose patellas, ear infections and some cases of heartworms. We estimate the medical bills for these dogs right at $42,000, and many of them will have ongoing care with medications they will need to be on for life.
As for dog #72, she and her pals are having a great time at HUA. They are looking around in pure amazement that all of the dogs get to run free! She is playful, but hasn’t quite figured out yet how to play. We will teach her to play and will do everything in our power to help her forget her miserable past. She and her pals love their warm blankets and great food and are soaking up the attention from the staff and volunteers already.
From our hearts to yours, thank you for your generous support that enables us to pull off massive missions of mercy like this one for Loena, Willy Wonka, Sariel, dog #72 and all of their pals who suffered so long and are finally able to know happiness.
There are two things you can do to help. #1 – PLEASE donate for the care of these precious souls. #2 – If you live near Lincoln, Nebraska, please consider coming to the State Capitol on Tuesday, Feb 8th at 1:30 to show your support for LB 427 which would improve conditions in Nebraska puppy mills. HUA has been instrumental in drafting this bill which would restrict the breeding age for females, require exercise for the dogs outside of their cages and require more frequent veterinary exams. A show of support would mean so much. If you are interested in attending and signing in FOR the bill please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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