99 Nebraska Puppy Mill Dogs Rescued – 2 Receive Immediate Emergency Care in Hopes That They Will Survive

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On January 17th, 2010, 99 Nebraska puppy mill dogs made their way to safety as rescue groups from Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota came together to provide them comfort and care they have never known before.  The rescue efforts, coordinated by Julie Lavin, HUA director and founder of Almost Home Canine Rescue, were a massive undertaking.  Once other groups participating in the rescue spoke for all the dogs they could accommodate Hearts United for Animals agreed to take the rest so that no dog would be left behind.  40 of the 99 dogs are now happily residing at HUA.  The first HUA arrival was Frankie, a little 1 pound Maltese who is almost 5 months old.  He was rushed to Omaha for emergency care.  He is at the vet where it will be determined why he is failing to thrive and if he has a chance for survival.  A little Yorkie girl is also at the vet in Omaha, having arrived with her jaw broken and dangling.  She is undergoing tests to determine if she is strong enough for surgery and if surgery is an option, or if the breaks are too old and too severe.  The other dogs will soon go to the vet for their spay/neuters, dentals and other medical needs.  Many had raw, bleeding mouths from years of neglect.  Others have hernias, tumors and bellies swollen with infection from being bred over and over.  We pray that all will survive their much needed medical procedures so that they can go on to live the lives of love and comfort that they always should have known.  Please watch our YouTube video to see the arrival of all of the dogs including the little Maltese, the Yorkie with the broken jaw, a 5 month old blind Maltese, and many, many other sweet, smiling faces who are so happy to be free.  Donations for the care of these dogs are desperately needed.  In addition to the routine care they will need many will have extended hospital stays and need to see specialists.  Click to donate now.

Please watch our video and consider a donation to help these dear dogs:

37 Responses to “99 Nebraska Puppy Mill Dogs Rescued – 2 Receive Immediate Emergency Care in Hopes That They Will Survive”

  1. Melissa Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Please tell me this puppy mill was shut down? Or are they just getting rid of some of their puppies?

  2. HuaLori Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    They are downsizing. Some at the request of the state because of the deplorable conditions, and others because puppies aren’t selling. This is a sign that our public education campaign is working. If you live in Nebraska check out Nebraska Voter’s for Companion Animals. They will keep you up to date on legislation to help fight puppy mills in Nebraska.

  3. Nancy Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Thank you so much. I love you guys!

  4. Cinda Godfrey Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    God Bless all of you for the wonderful work that you do. It takes a special kind of person to be able to witness first-hand such diabolical conditions as these precious dogs have endured. I’m sitting here sobbing right now. I will pray that every dog survives and thrives and comes to know genuine love and comfort for the rest of their days!!!!

  5. Karl Says:
    January 19th, 2010 at 12:27 am

    I’m so glad these dogs are getting a second chance at life thanks to the people and supporters of HUA. Sorry to have missed the rescue. Blessings to the staff and volunteers.

  6. Lin Eckland Says:
    January 19th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    How is the little Maltese doing, and also the Yorkie with the broken jaw? We rescued a Tzu with a jaw broken in 2 places for over 2 years, she had to have her lower jaw amputated, and she has been adopted and is doing great! Just takes her a little bit to eat her dinner, but she does it! :)
    Thank you SO much for all that you do! Blessings to all.

  7. HuaLori Says:
    January 19th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Hi Lin, Thanks for the words of encouragement. The Maltese boy, Frankie, is still having tests done to determine what the issue is. He was at the vet all day yesterday and went back this morning for more tests. Too early to tell but he is doing ok at his foster home. He is lethargic and a bit unsteady but he is eating and performing bodily functions well. Emily, the little Yorkie girl, is still at the hospital. A consultation is happening today with the branch of K-State in Omaha to see if the orthopedic specialists there think they can help her. Our vet has determined that if the specialist thinks surgery would be beneficial she would be strong enough to survive it. All tests that were run yesterday came back normal. So that is one hurdle that we’ve made it over with her. Will keep you posted. Thanks for caring Lin. Will give them your love. Lori

  8. Donetta Nye Says:
    January 19th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    God Bless all of you for the work that you do, I found your web site by accident and plan on becoming a buddy and also making a donation, my great grand daughter would like to adopt a dog from your wonderful shelter we will take a road trip come spring to visit and look over the dogs available for adoption, keep up the good work and hugs to all the animals that are there.

  9. HuaLori Says:
    January 19th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Hi Donetta, Thank you so much. We look forward to your visit! The dogs love visitors. Lori

  10. Cara Anderson Says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Hi Lori!
    Is there a similar link for Iowa for legislation regarding fighting puppy mills?
    Also…with the thousands, probably millions, of dollars that are spent on “unwanted” animals and problems with strays, etc. why is it still legal to keep mass breeding them like this? I mean, personally I can think of a million reasons as to why it shouldn’t, be most importantly for the well being of animals, but coming from a financial stand point…why isn’t more done? I’ve even begun to have a problem with reputable breeders. If they love a certian breed, why not rescue them and find them homes instead?

  11. HuaLori Says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Hi Cara, The Iowa group can be found at http://www.iavotersforcompanionanimals.org/. As to why it is still legal, I would suggest that public education and tracking where your legislators stand on the issue would be most helpful in terms of ending the problem. Public opinion is key, so I would say join your local voting bloc group, contact the legislators for your state and district and make your voice heard. Thanks! Lori

  12. Melissa Rice Says:
    January 21st, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Hi guys, the new website looks GREAT and I think it’s super you are taking advantage of Facebook, Twitter and the like to keep us all apprised of what’s happening at HUA!
    For anyone who’s “new” to HUA, please keep in mind that not only do these 40 rescues need immediate help, there are a whole HOST of animals that must be daily tended to by HUA staff and volunteers – feeding, grooming, socialization, vet care, etc., etc. And sadly, HUA’s numbers never seem to go down – as with shelters throughout the U.S., there are always more that need help than will ever be adopted. Every donation helps HUA’s work in aiding animals in need, educating the public, finding new homes for these poor little ones – your dollars help in more ways that you can ever know! I am proud to say I’ve got an HUA “alum” living in my home, and have links to two other ‘adoptees’ who also found new lives, thanks to HUA. You do great work guys! Bless you!

  13. Allison Israelson Says:
    January 21st, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Hi! I watched the video and there is a sweet little Brussels Griffon on there. Can you tell me where that one went to because I really want to look into adopting her:) It’s so amazing what you all do! I would love to be a part of something like that!

  14. tracy Says:
    January 21st, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    there will be a long list of people waiting for some of the sweetness ; cuteness ; absolutely many good matches of a dog with a little faith ; hope in her back pocket meeting a guardian looking for the same. i love you all for being there to help those little angels. they know you will never give up.

  15. HuaLori Says:
    January 22nd, 2010 at 6:03 am

    Hi Allison, The Brussels is at HUA. You can write to jenny@hua.org for adoption info and let her know you are interested in the Brussels in the YouTube video. She will know which one you are inquiring about. Thanks! Lori

  16. Kristen Says:
    January 23rd, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Thank you for all you do. Prayers and good wishes go out to all of you. How wonderful for all of these babies to start a new life. Does the blind little girl have Juvilnile cataracts? Blessings to you all!

  17. HuaLori Says:
    January 23rd, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Hi Kristen, Thanks so much! We aren’t sure yet what the problem is but it doesn’t appear to be cataracts. The poor baby. He does well though and is very happy. Lori

  18. jean bressler Says:
    January 24th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Update on Emily.
    Vets decided rebreaking her jaw might not work and would cause more pain. She is on antibiotics and pain drops twice a day. Now that her rotten teeth are gone, the infection will also go away. She is eating with a little help as she has no teeth and a “hanging” jaw. She is eager and looks forward to her many small meals every day. She has not barked, but she has a growl of sorts when another dog is close to her food bowl. She has spunk!
    She enjoys being held afte she eats. She is going to her “forever” home on Monday.
    Robin came over to help bathe her so she looks and smells good.

  19. Lin Eckland Says:
    January 25th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Any news on Frankie yet?

  20. HuaLori Says:
    January 25th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Hi Lin, He went in for a catscan today and it was determined that he shouldn’t have anesthesia right now because of his weight and poor condition. Will have to keep trying to pack the ounces on him so he can handle it. He is doing well at his foster home and will stay there until we know more. He eats every hour on the hour and is going potty on wee pads like a trouper. He isn’t steady on his feet at all, but overall he is happy and VERY well cared for. Thanks for asking. Will keep you posted. Lori

  21. Darlene Betts Says:
    January 31st, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I have dogs and they are my babies, they get nothing but the best of everything, from dog food, toys, treats, and good vet care. I also read and watch alot of cesar millan, How can anyone treat animals like this, they havent done anything to anyone but try and love. I hope and pray these kinds of people are not to have animals again. If you have them care for them like your children they need care, love, proper food as well as doctors care. I am just appalled on how anyone can do these things.

  22. Lin Eckland Says:
    February 1st, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Any news on little Frankie? Is good nutrition helping him? I know the love and care he is receiving is making him a happy boy!

  23. HuaLori Says:
    February 1st, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Hi Lin,

    He is holding his own. He is eating little bites every hour on the hour and getting a fat little belly. He loves to play with toys even though the smallest ones are at least twice his size. He has started doing a spunky little dance too. His front legs work very well but the back ones are still a little wonky.

    Thanks for asking :)

  24. Lin Eckland Says:
    February 2nd, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Thank you for the update, and bless his foster mom for the care and love she is giving him!!

  25. Debra Lenz Says:
    February 3rd, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I am looking to adopt a very small adult dog for my 3.25 lb 9 1/2 year old Yorkie. Are there any matches in the current situation that might be very small and are looking for a home? Thank you!

  26. HuaLori Says:
    February 3rd, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Hi Debra, I would venture to say we may have some good matches. There are some very small Chihuahuas and the Maltese are small too. If you see any in the video that interest you please write to jenny@hua.org and she will help determine if we have a good match. There is also little Millie a 4 pound yorkie who is adorable. You can fill out the app online if you like and Jenny will be in touch, or just e-mail her and let her know what you are looking for. If you are close by you are welcome to come visit too. Jenny can give you directions. You can also look through all of our current dogs for adoption. New ones were just posted tonight. Faye the yorkie is a real sweetie http://www.hua.org/component/animals/?id=309. Thanks! Lori

  27. chaya Says:
    February 4th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    what a great organization. Are any of the dogs adopt able? Is the one pound maltese OK? Did she survive? I rescued a maltese when she was 2 years old and she lived till 16 1/2. I would love to adopt another.

  28. HuaLori Says:
    February 4th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Hi Chaya, Frankie the maltese is doing ok. He is still in foster care. If you would like to inquire about adoption you can write to our adoption coordinator at jenny@hua.org. I’m not sure if he is being considered for adoption yet or if he needs to have more medical visits but Jenny will be happy to fill you in :) You can also see the other dogs for adoption and sort them by breed on our website. The new dogs will be on the site in the comin weeks but we have many, many to chose from on the site right now. Thanks! Lori

  29. Kristen Says:
    February 9th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    How is the little blind Maltese doing?

  30. Joyce Says:
    February 12th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I have a dog and it broke my heart to watch this. How can people be so cruel and inhumane in their need for money. These animals deserve a decent life with love and warmth and affection. Please try and stop the puppy mills NOW……….

  31. Jonnie Diani Says:
    February 12th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Publicizing puppy mills and other types of animal cruelty is very important to me.

  32. Lucy Williamson Says:
    February 15th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I think that is so great that you guys are rescuing puppys! It means alot to me. When I saw the vidio, it broke my heart to see how cruel people are to the dogs. I want to help stop the puppy mills to. May God bless you and your organization.
    -lucy. age 10

  33. Lucy Williamson Says:
    February 15th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I am praying for you,the organization,and the dogs that you all rescued. Thanks for saving these beautiful little creature that God has created
    -Lucy. age 10

  34. Lynne Wells Says:
    February 16th, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Thank you SO much for all that you do on a daily basis and for rescuing all of the precious dogs and puppies! I hate puppy mills and will be thankful when there are no more of them.

  35. Lucy Williamson Says:
    February 22nd, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I adopted a dog named Simon from you guys. He is a little dachshund puppy. Well, he to is so greatfull for what you guys have done!
    - lucy age 10

  36. Lucy Williamson Says:
    February 28th, 2010 at 6:04 am

    I am still sooooooo happy for what you guys have done! Thank-you
    lucy age10

  37. Sharon Says:
    February 6th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    My cocker just passed. She was the love of our lives. We got her in Stanton, NE. She died suddenly of hemolytic anemia at age 10. Could this have been a puppy mill?

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