Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota Mill Dogs Get a New Start in the New Year!

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Twenty dogs will be having a very Happy New Year thanks to the efforts of Hearts United for Animals and Almost Home Canine Rescue. In late December Julie Lavin with Almost Home delivered Havanese, a Papillion and a little Cavalier King Charles puppy to start their new lives at HUA. The little Cavalier pup had surgery on both of his knees at a specialist in Omaha just after the New Year began. He is doing remarkably well and will be off to a wonderful new home when his recovery his complete. The Havanese are having the time of their lives enjoying socialization time with the volunteers at HUA.

Shortly after the arrival of the Iowa and South Dakota dogs several very tiny Chihuahuas arrived from a Nebraska puppy mill. The dogs were much too tiny and delicate to be bred, but they were anyway. Three pups were in the group and we are thankful that they will not grow up in a wretched Nebraska mill. Pecan, an older chihuahua girl, has back legs so deformed that she can barely walk, but that didn’t stop them from breeding her. She will see a specialist in Omaha this week to see if there is anything that can be done. She crawls mostly using her front legs to get around. The muscles on her hips are weak and oddly formed, probably from years of being unable to walk correctly. Despite her problems she is one very happy girl, just so joyful to be rescued! She and all of her friends will be provided with the best care that we have to offer. In the year 2012 we resolve to do all we can to educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills and rescue many more dogs who are so desperately in need.  Please help us help the puppy mill dogs by clicking here to donate toward their care.

Pecan – tiny Chihuahua girl with malformed legs

6 Responses to “Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota Mill Dogs Get a New Start in the New Year!”

  1. Leslie T-B Says:
    January 26th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Looks like some more cuties just rolled into HUA!!

  2. Heather Says:
    January 27th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Please keep me updated on pecan,id love to adopt her if I can or even foster any of the dogs,its so sad what they have been throu, now its time to show them some lov

  3. Jean Says:
    January 31st, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Gypsy can relate to the deformed back leg problem. She gets around very well and wags her tail happily. Thank you, HUA, for all the care you give these precious creatures.

  4. Jo Says:
    February 1st, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Hoping the best for little Pecan. Any news?

  5. HuaLori Says:
    February 2nd, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Hi Jo, We just had good news last night. Pecan’s situation is repairable! Her patellas severely luxate. Her hips look out of place because of how badly her legs bow out, but the hips are fine. She will have surgery in Omaha on both patellas and should be able to walk normally and pain free. The surgery will cost $2,700, but so worth it to finally give her a normal life free of pain and suffering.

  6. HuaLori Says:
    February 2nd, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Hi Heather, Please write to for an update and details. We’d love to talk to you more about this. Thanks so much for your kind offer. It is truly heartwarming.

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