Another Missouri puppy mill is closed for good! The dogs had just hours to be out before they were to be killed. Hearts United for Animals spoke for the last of the dogs who had no rescue groups speak for them. All were saved, and just in the nick of time. Our good friends Kent and Alma from Midwest Wheaten Rescue saved the Wheaten Terriers and transported the remaining dogs to HUA. We thank them for their tireless efforts to save these precious souls. The group included Chihuahuas, Papillions, a Bichon, a Poodle, a Silky Terrier, a Yorkshire Terrier and two Dachshunds. They were filthy and the smell was horrible. The Bichon was in especially bad shape, unable to even see from all of the overgrown, matted fur. That didn’t stop him from doing a happy dance and flashing us a big, grateful smile upon his arrival. They will all have baths and grooming appointments soon. We fear that one older Chihuahua girl may be pregnant. She will see the vet first. A ten year old dachshund fellow is reported to have injuries to his back in three places, but he too was full of excitement and happiness to arrive at HUA.
The breeder said that she could no longer stay in business because she cannot comply with the new regulations in Missouri meant to provide comfort and care to dogs in breeding facilities. We are hearing this from many Missouri breeders who are going out of business. They should be going out of business if they cannot provide the most basic of care and for that we are grateful. We are hopeful that this is just the start of many more Missouri mill closings yet to come. For the dogs rescued yesterday it is the start of a wonderful new life that they would not have been able to imagine. Until yesterday all they knew were cold, filthy cages. No love. No vet care. Just misery. Today is the beginning of the rest of their wonderful, precious lives.