HUA Rescues 20 Dogs from a Puppy Mill

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On June 3rd, Hearts United for Animals took in 20 dogs from a puppy mill near Valley, Nebraska.  The conditions were deplorable.  The dogs suffered in pitch darkness, locked in an old dilapidated barn with no windows.  Many of the dogs lived this way for years.  At first they cowered in fear not knowing what to expect of their rescuers, or even what to make of the sunlight that had never before touched their beautiful faces.  Tears fell from the eyes of one gorgeous little red Chihuahua as she realized her nightmare was over.  She stopped shaking as she was held in the arms of an HUA staff member.  Her eyes lit up, she held her head high and for the first time in her life a smile came to her face.

There were several puppies in the group.  Four of the puppies were only 6 weeks old and had been separated from their mother.  One of the four Papillon pups, a little girl named Mary, is very ill.  She cries for her mother, from whom she never should have been separated so young, but she is taking comfort in her siblings.  It will be an uphill battle but we will do all within our power to make sure that these pups survive.

The older dogs have extensive medical needs.  They have rotting teeth from lack of care and poor nutrition, mouths full of infection, hernias, mammary tumors, eye infections, fur loss from stress and urine scalding from the filthy conditions.  In time they will heal.  They will feel better and as they feel better they will blossom into the loving, adoring, trusting companions that they always should have been.  It may take time to find them the wonderful homes they deserve and at HUA they will get all of the time, medical attention and love that they need to give them their lives back.

Please watch our YouTube video to see all of the dogs rescued, and please consider a donation to help these dear dogs to recover:

22 Responses to “HUA Rescues 20 Dogs from a Puppy Mill”

  1. Steve Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Everytime I see one of these videos it makes me sick to my stomach. I am thrilled that the dogs have been rescued. But They always make me realize the time that has been wasted for these pups. Time that could have been spent running, playing or being loved by a decent person.

  2. Bonnie Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I hope and hope that one day, puppy mills will be a thing of the past. I also wish the owners of these mills had to live the rest of their life in the same conditions they kept these sweet little souls.

  3. Laura Petersen Paw Placement Rescue in Az Says:
    June 10th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks for being “Mill Dog Warriors” arent they wonderful

  4. Steve Says:
    June 11th, 2010 at 7:09 am

    actually, it took a great deal of personal control on my part not to swear,rant and rave.

  5. Cynthia in Tampa Says:
    June 11th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I would love to start a grassroots movement for all animal lovers to march on Washington, as well as their state capitals. I think nothing has been done to PERMANENTLY CLOSE the puppy mills, because the situation has kept quiet for decades. With the advent of computers, travel, and video/camera equipment we can make a difference. I think it would be impossible to ignore thousands of people showing up at a state capital DEMANDING they close ALL PUPPY MILLS. Bringing videos for the new reports, NAMING NAMES AND LOCATIONS, of these greedy, heartless mill owners would make a difference. One person complaining is just that, a complainer. United, we CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I implore sights like this, to PLEASE start some sort of movement, pick a date, make it known for the single people like me can do something in a group to make the plight of these suffering animals known to everyone. If we had a march, organized, and asked all animal lovers to attend or push for news coverage in their area, it CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. What politician wants to be seen as allowing this to happen, and everyone in their state seeing they are doing nothing about it. If we had a march every year, and showed what they did or didn’t do, people would respond. Mills would be a thing of the past.

  6. Marcy Stewart Says:
    June 11th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I am so grateful for all you guys do for these precious animals. I hope the doggies are doing good now that they have a safe place to be themselves.

  7. Marge Romero Says:
    June 12th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I will never, ever understand how any human being could still look at those sweet, innocent faces or look into those beautiful eyes…and not have one moment of shame or horror at what they do to these animals!!! Thank goodness for organizations such as Hearts United For Animals, and many more, that devote their time, resources, and unending love to rescuing our precious animals!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

  8. jean bressler Says:
    June 12th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    The word about puppy mills is getting out to the general public, but obviously not fast enough. These precious little creatures are safe now, but how many are still suffering?

  9. HuaLori Says:
    June 16th, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Sad Update on Mary the Papillon, the weak runt of the litter of 6 week old pups. She was rushed to Omaha yesterday to the vet. They didn’t hold out much hope, but there was some, so we had to continue to try. She went to a foster home in Omaha to continue to fight. We received this e-mail at 1:15 a.m. entitled We Have a New Angel: “At around 12:20 this morning, Jim woke to Mary stretching, then crawling to curl up in his warm neck. She gave a contented sigh, and passed away peacefully. We wrapped her in a soft, pink blanket, said a prayer, kissed her over and over and told her good-bye from all who loved her.” Many thanks to Jill and Jim for making her comfortable in her last moments. Rest in peace sweet, precious little Mary. We are so sorry you fell victim to a horrible puppy mill.

  10. Molly Says:
    June 19th, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Every time I see one of these videos, it makes me want to cry and scream at the same time. How could people do this to these puppies? One of the saddest things is that most of them have never touched grass before. This is just despicable!

  11. SueAnn Sheridan Says:
    June 19th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    What is the name of the woman in Valley NE who surrendered her dogs from her puppy mill? Why isn’t the name of the persons responsible for NE puppy mills ever published? It should be known by all. Not to harass this person, but to be on the watch if their names come up again. I couldn’t find a way to email HUA to ask them personally.

    SueAnn Sheridan

  12. HuaLori Says:
    June 20th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Hi SueAnn. Because she surrendered the dogs and didn’t force authorities to seize the dogs and make them wait at a city shelter during a long drawn out court battle we are keeping her name confidential. She did the right thing (finally) and the authorities will keep an eye on her to make sure she holds up her end and doesn’t get more dogs. It is a small town so word will get around fast if she doesn’t. We would like breeders to know that if they voluntarily go out of business and surrender dogs to us they will not be named on our website. We only named the town because another rescue who received animals from this place had already done so. Typically we do not even name the town.

  13. Joan Says:
    June 21st, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I fully understand the reasoning for not publishing the names of the puppymillers who voluntarily surrender their “products”, however, I wish their names and businesses would be published to alert the public. It is my opinion that these miscreants will be right back in business as soon as the heat dies down. They have no scruples or morals as to how they conduct business. Until the public stops buying pet store puppies and adopts from shelters, these horrific puppymills will continue to thrive.

  14. Luna Says:
    July 6th, 2010 at 9:01 am

    It is so unbelievable that a human can do something so cruel I was crying seconds in to the video. Can you image being locked in a cage with room no bigger than your own body not having enough to drink and eat and no daylight and no freedom and no love at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Karl Says:
    July 18th, 2010 at 8:06 am

    I just want to thank HUA for agreeing to take a large number of the dogs rescued on June 1. And I want to thank those of you who support HUA with donations. Without HUA and your donations to HUA, many of these dogs that get rescued would not receive proper and full medical treatment. Peace, love and DOGS!

  16. Tammy Says:
    July 21st, 2010 at 6:42 am

    this is so cruel!
    how can they do that to those innoccent puppies!
    i was crying so badly!
    i loved animals! Especially dogs, they were one of my favorites! but im glad that some of them is rescued.
    but im still heartbroken for the others that the HUA didnt rescue. :[

  17. Samantha Says:
    July 27th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    How can we allow this? But we can change this, we must change this, and will will. Bless those groups who work to prevent animal cruelty and treat victims of it, bless those who support those groups, and those too that simply do not support the groups that are cruel.

  18. Beth Says:
    July 28th, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Does anyone know who to contact about trying to adopt one of these puppies? We have a 2 year old choc lab who loves other dogs and we have LOTS of love to give at our house, as we’re told our lab is one of the most spoiled dogs! We can only have 2 dogs (according to city code), but we are ready for a new addition to our home.

  19. Scott Says:
    July 28th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Animal cruelty laws need to be expanded and enforced. Backbreaking fines and serious jail time are the only languages some of these so-called “humans” can understand. Meanwhile, I encourage everyone who reads this to pick out one of these precious dogs who “needs a buddy” and become his/her “buddy” if you haven’t aready done so.

  20. Lori Sheppard Says:
    July 31st, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Thank the LORD for the work you do. My husband and I have rescued many dogs over the past 40 years and it is especially amazing to watch how puppy mill dogs eventually blossom after so many years of torture and neglect. They are worth all of our efforts. It is a daily joy to watch them play and smile. God Bless YOU for giving these babies a 2nd chance at LIVING with a happy ending. <3

  21. HuaLori Says:
    August 1st, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Hi Beth, You can write to jenny@hua.org for more info on adoption. Thanks and many hugs to your lab. Lori

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    October 28th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Honestly, I am speechless. The Shawshank Redemption is tremendous. I’am not too old movie fan, as a matter of fact, this film came out the same yearI was born, and so I am more used to movies with unbelievable special effects, edge-of-your-seat action, et cetera. This movie has no of that, and even, it appeals me very . The way Frank Darabont applies the narration of Red to drive on the story, the excellent the film music used (note the mouth harp used merely before Red finding the letter at the end). The entire film, from starting to closing, from actions to sound, is a beacon of desire, judgment, and repurchase. The cast is perfect, Morgan Freeman(Red) really brings about a refreshing feel to the film, and that is exactly what the movie is, what a movie should be. Really recommended for each viewer.

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