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.

 

Sanctuary Sweethearts Turner and Rascal Find Love and Comfort at Hearts United for Animals

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Turner&RascalBlogSanctuary Sweethearts, Turner and Rascal, are best friends.  They call Hearts United for Animals home and are so happy that they can live their lives together at HUA.  Turner was rescued from a puppy mill in Iowa where he was beaten with a shovel causing permanent back injury.  He can walk, but his back is hunched up in a v shape.  He is also blind.  Rascal was rescued from a puppy mill in Nebraska near the Wyoming border.  The puppy miller swung him in the air by the scruff of the neck while he screamed in fear for his life.  He lived in a crate filled with hay with only a light bulb dangling overhead for warmth.  All of the dogs rescued were young, as the older ones had already perished the extreme heat, cold and lack of veterinary care.  It has been years since Turner and Rascal were rescued.  They understandably have not ever developed an appreciation of humans.  They are so fearful that they have to be sedated for even a routine veterinary examination.  The happy news is that they love and adore one another.  Rascal is Turner’s seeing eye dog.  He is very protective of his little Dachshund pal.  When people come near them he sits close to Turner to protect him.  They snuggle in their warm blankets on their bed in their apartment at HUA.  They have a heated and cooled inside space and access to their own private yard through their dog door.  They love to romp around and play together, with Rascal always on guard duty, watching to see who is out and about and ready to lend comfort to his best friend if needed.

While their stories are sad, the life they now lead at Hearts United for Animals is the perfect for them.  They are allowed the freedom that they need to finally know peace in their hearts.  They can live life on their own terms with everything that they need, especially one another.  It is a huge commitment to care for these two special needs fellows for life, but one that HUA is willing to make in order to provide them with a happy place where they can be free, content and well cared for forever.

Please visit their Sanctuary Sweetheart pages to sponsor one or both of these dear boys, or any of the other Sanctuary Sweethearts at HUA.  Your caring and support means the world to them.  As a sponsor you will receive a packet in the mail with a photo and bio of your Sweetheart and a refrigerator magnet so you can look at your Sweetheart every day and know that you are giving the gift of life and love to your special needs friend.

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