HUA Rescues 25 Pugs from a Deplorable Puppy Mill

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On July 20th, 2010, HUA rescued 25 pugs from a deplorable puppy mill in western Nebraska.  We are happy to say that this mill is now shut down…CLOSED FOR GOOD!  HUA rescuers traveled across the state to the Wyoming border to bring the dogs to safety.  The rescue, coordinated by Jane Denning, of Torrington, Wyoming, took place early in the morning.  As you can see from our YouTube video the conditions were frightful.  The dogs were loaded into the HUA van as quickly as possible with front and rear air conditioning blasting away.  They were so grateful to be able to breath well for a change, with cool air and away from the overwhelming stench of their filthy, dilapidated little shack.  As relief washed over them they slept the whole 9 hours back to HUA.  This was one of the most difficult rescues HUA has been involved in.  These dogs are so frightened of humans that it is completely heartbreaking.  Because of the large number of dogs all needing such intense emotional rehabilitation our friends from several rescues in Nebraska, Minnesota and Canada have stepped up to help us and take many of these sweet pugs into their foster based rescues.  We had many emergency medical expenses during the week and will have ongoing expenses with the dogs staying at HUA.  We would deeply appreciate donations for their care.  Please put “for the pugs” in the comment section of the donation form.  Many thanks to all who came together to make this a well planned, well executed rescue.  This is the start of a wonderful new life for 25 dogs who came from one of the most horrific man made tragedies we have seen yet.

22 Responses to “HUA Rescues 25 Pugs from a Deplorable Puppy Mill”

  1. Marilyn Ingracia Says:
    August 2nd, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Thank you so much for all you do. It breaks my heart to see these animals suffer so much with so much cruelty. I can not afford to donate on a regular basis but I will make a small donation every time I can. Please accept my donations knowing that I WILL do more whenever I’m able.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have 3 dogs that are so much a part of my life I can’t imagine any harm ever coming to any of them. I love them all like they are my children and actually I consider them my “kids”.

    God Bless You All

  2. Kimberly Scott Says:
    August 2nd, 2010 at 9:09 am

    My name is Kimberly scott i just wanted to say thank you for helping the puggies. I love animals i would love to help you. I am very emotional over animals and dont like them to be abused. Please email me and let me know how to become a volunteer.

  3. jean bressler Says:
    August 2nd, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Seeing so many little pugs at one time was startling. They were very watchful whenever you came close. What a horrid memory they need to overcome. They clearly were appreciating good food and clean quarters, but they were not ready to accept that they were now safe. Trust will come slowly.

  4. colorado pug lover Says:
    August 3rd, 2010 at 10:49 am

    My wife and I volunteer and foster for Colorado Pug Rescue. We had a foster that came from this mill. She was by far the toughest dog we have ever fostered. After months of loving her and working with a professional trainer we finally got her to the point where she was adopted into her forever home!

  5. Jenn Black Says:
    August 3rd, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I have one of the little girls from the rescue and she is very cute. She is very shy, and skittish, but hopefully with a little time and love she will come through and learn to trust. She is now a Canadian!! :) Jenn: Winnipeg, Manitoba

  6. Pauline Balta Says:
    August 4th, 2010 at 6:49 am

    What is so sad to me is that pugs are usually happy-go-lucky little dogs . . . every single one from this breeder is so, so shy and scared. Thankfully these pugs have nothing but better lives in front of them.

  7. Jessie Says:
    August 4th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    This video is the very reason why I so strongly support HUA. I live in Tennessee but I keep up to date with all of the good deeds your organization takes part in; while this video breaks my heart, it also inspires me to know there are HUA staff, volunteers, and other rescues across the nation to help dogs in predicaments like this. I don’t know where my own rescue pets came from, but this reinforces for me the very reason why I will never purchase a pet store pet of any kind. Thank you, HUA, for all of your hard work, as well as to the other rescues helping these little guys out.

  8. Debi Says:
    August 4th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    I am a volunteer with the Colorado Pug Rescue! On 2 separate occasions we took pugs in from this horrible horrible miller! I had to talk to her and try to be nice just to get the pugs in .. it was sooooo hard not to tell her off and how much I hated her! Every single pug we took in from her had soooo many issues! It is soooo sad and I am SOOO over joyed that she is finally shut down and no longer do this! Thank you HUA and Jane Denning who I also worked very close with!

  9. moe Says:
    August 5th, 2010 at 6:37 am

    hat off to kevin newman for finally speaking out about cruelty to animal….maybe coming from someone of such status people will pay attention, be aware and be more sensitive towards creatures that cannot speak and defend themselves…would the tables be turned how would the individuals causing cruelty like to be treated the same..and to all the hard working who rescues these innocent animals thanks from the bottom of my heart…my regards…

  10. Christine Wirthele Says:
    August 5th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    So what happens to this dreadful woman?

  11. Marilyn Holzrland Says:
    August 5th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Thank you, THANK YOU…for all you do. Thank you for caring. I’m on my way to PayPal now!

  12. HuaLori Says:
    August 5th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    She gave the dogs up, knowing the deadline to find places for them or they would have been seized. Avoiding seizure was in the best interest of the dogs as there was no long drawn out court battle that they had to wait through. They are able to receive immediate medical treatment and go to foster homes and be adopted.

  13. Melanie Hendrickson Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    As a pug lover and rescue pug Mom, I can’t thank you enough for saving these beautiful pugs from the only dreadful world that they have known. Much love to all of you and those who adopt them!

  14. lesley Says:
    August 16th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    i think that the people who do that to animals should be treated the same

  15. lesley Says:
    August 16th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    i just had to put my 15 year old dalmation mix down this morning and the people who are so cruel to these animals should be put away. i have a 8 year old pug who was born in a puppy mill and this special pug has more problems than ever…but i would do anything for him..

  16. Elisha Pfeiffer Says:
    August 19th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Omg! I cried the entire video and was sick to my stomach! I just dont understand the people that could ever do this to a puppy so helpless! Thanks a million HUA for all your rescues! As a pug lover and guardian I appreciate each and everyone of you and your efforts!

  17. Betty Heckman Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    We have foster cared for several HUA fuzzy kids and they come around amazingly with tender love and care. We donate know whatever we give is used well and lovingly. It is so sad to see what these animals have lived through and how much they have suffered but I know they will receive the most tender and loving care possible for the rest of their lives. A special thanks to Carol and Jean and all the rest of the special people who give so much to these hurt animals. God Bless you all.

  18. David Bexley Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Dear Friends, That was a great thing you did to save them pups, God Bless You. Knowing what you did warms my heart and soul, We are all so thankful that thier are still people out there that care. I do have one question though. I would love to adopt one of these pups as a pet, is that possible?

  19. HuaLori Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Hi David, You are more than welcome to fill out an application online. Our web address is The application can be found there. Thanks so much :)

  20. shirley vecchiolla Says:
    December 18th, 2010 at 9:06 am

    How does one go about adopting a pug?

  21. HuaLori Says:
    December 19th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Hi Shirley, You can write to us at Tera can let you know the process and tell you about the 2 pugs we have available for adoption right now. Thanks :)

  22. Rose Barry Says:
    September 17th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I just want you to know that I adopted the last pug sent to Manitoba Pug Rescue by HUA. She was rescued from this horrendous place. She is now a happy, healthy, normal (very spoiled) pug. Thank you from my heart (and Sandy thanks you too!

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