Yet another South Dakota puppy mill is closed for good! Breeders near the North Dakota border contacted HUA because they had less than 10 days to be off of their property before they were evicted. Rescuers from Hearts United for Animals drove 1,000 miles to rescue the 69 dogs at the facility, trying to get there and get out quickly before a terrible blizzard hit. When the door to the facility opened the rescuers were knocked back by the stench. The dogs who were not shaved down were so matted and filthy that the crud hung off of them in dreadlocks. Many had skin raw from infection. Several eye infections and injuries were noted as well as hernias and one of the worst mammary tumors we have ever seen. One of the Dachshunds was missing a rear leg. Another Dachshund had been butchered during a c-section to try to remove a “water baby” from her belly. She had a hernia as well as bruising over her entire underside from the botched c-section where she was “cut from stem to stern”, according to the puppy miller’s own account.
This is one of the worst cases of suffering that HUA has seen recently. It is not uncommon, but always startling and very sad. This rescue reminds us of the importance of spreading the word about walking away from pet stores. If there were no demand for the cute little pet store pups there would be no need for supply, and puppy mills would all go out of business as this one did. We are winning the war on puppy mills. Education is paying off, but there is still great need. Although many puppy mills are out of business many more are still operating with dogs in similarly bad condition if not worse. Please spread the word. The parents of pet store puppies are suffering and dying every day. Boycotting stores that sell puppies is the best way to cripple this industry of pure greed.
To donate for the extensive medical needs of these 69 dogs please click here to go to the Hearts United for Animals donation page. Please share these dogs’ YouTube video with your friends and family to let everyone know of the suffering of the parents of pet store puppies.