Since 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.