Puppy Mill Tragedy – Sariel’s Story

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Sariel was rescued from a puppy mill in Nebraska along with several other dogs who were in very poor condition due to years of neglect and over breeding.  Sariel’s name means “angel of guidance”, and at only seven years old that is what she soon will be.  Sariel does not have long to live.  Our hearts sank when we looked at her abdomen upon her return from the vet.  She looked like a jig-saw puzzle from all of the mammary tumors that were removed.  We remained hopeful that the pathology would be good, however, a week later we received devastating news.  Sariel’s cancer has moved to her lymphatic system.  Sariel does not have long but she is making the best of it.  In  spite of her recent surgery and painful infection in her eyes which is taking a long time to clear up, she is happy for the first time in her life.  We know we won’t have much time to spend with her, and we do not anticipate that anyone will adopt her knowing they will lose her so soon, so we will help to make the very best of every day she has.  Sariel loves people and is immensely enjoying her freedom at HUA.  She loves to explore the grassy yards and loves to stretch her legs and wander around the buildings, often stopping for a nap on piles of soft blankets and towels.  We tell her every day how precious she is and we make sure she gets plenty of lap time, kisses and hugs.  We also tell her how sorry we are that her life has been stolen from her by an industry of pure greed, for which we hold the utmost contempt.  Although she has every right to be furious with the world, Sariel holds no ill will.  However, we will not get over it.  We are angry on her behalf.  We will use this tragedy to fuel our passion to educate the public and let them know that Sariel’s years of suffering and life cut all too short did not need to happen.  When the time comes that Sariel’s pain is too great we will hold her in our arms and let her go on to the next life.  She will become an angel of guidance and hope for all of the mothers of pet store puppies still suffering in puppy mills.  Please help to make her powerful story of the tragedy of puppy mills in this nation live on forever.

Click here to donate online to help support and sustain our public education and puppy mill rescue efforts.  Feel free to leave a message for Sariel in the comments section of the donation form.  We will read your messages to her and give her hugs and kisses from you.

75 Responses to “Puppy Mill Tragedy – Sariel’s Story”

  1. zoey Says:
    August 22nd, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Sariel is a little angel! Such a brave dog. Can I please blog about this story and post on my FB page? I will provide HUA’s link and donation information as well. This little girl deserves to have her story told.



  2. HuaLori Says:
    August 22nd, 2010 at 9:39 am

    We would be grateful to have Sariel’s story shared wherever you like. The more people we reach the better. Thank you so much for offering to spread the word. We really appreciate it.

  3. jo anne Says:
    August 22nd, 2010 at 10:45 am

    much love keep us posted

  4. Anita Morrell Says:
    August 22nd, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I, too, would like very much to spread the word concerning Sariel’s plight. My Annelise was rescued by HUA, and she, too, suffers daily from the result of puppy mill life. It angers me beyond words that these lovable, gentle little creatures are treated so despicably by greedy, lazy, cruel monsters. Please give Sariel a heartfelt cuddle for me!

  5. Ronald jones Says:
    August 22nd, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    sweet sariel… my little Alex and i will keep you in our prayers and i hope you will get the joy of being with a family where you are surrounded with love. Perhaps one day you will be albe to meet my Daphne who is in the spirit world.. she was only with me for a year, before i lost her to the angels.. I am glad you are now no longer in that old puppy mill… Alex and i send you hugs and prayers my sweetie.

  6. zoey Says:
    August 22nd, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    I will absolutely spread the story. You will be able to find it on http://www.zoeystory.com
    Please let her know that we are fighting for her!

  7. zoey Says:
    August 22nd, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Can readers leave comments here for Sariel for the staff to read to her?

  8. HuaLori Says:
    August 22nd, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Yes, that would be very nice. Thank you!

  9. jean bressler Says:
    August 22nd, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    What suffering this little angel has endured. In her last days, she knows she is loved.

  10. Megan Says:
    August 22nd, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    What an Angel, I am so happy that she gets to finally be happy- she has always deserved that- should have always had that- and now can experience that! Bless her heart!

  11. franca - Canada Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Thank you for caring about this little one.

  12. Tina Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 10:06 am

    HUA is a true blessing. Sariel deserves love and affection in her final days. Thank you for providing that to her.

  13. Barb Sciford Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 10:12 am

    So sorry for the treatment you have received in the past, but know now you are in the arms of those who love you.

  14. Colleen_TX Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 10:28 am

    It’s a tragedy her life is being cut short by greedy monsters. But, I am grateful she is enjoying the last of her days with lots of love, care, green grass & soft blankets. Many hugs to this sweet little angel!!! I shared this on my FB page!

  15. Lola Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Sariel,
    Well you are as sweet as they come and even though you were miss treated and you should hate humans you still have it in your heart to love and forgive.
    Sariel I would take you in a heart beat even knowing that you would not be with me for long but I know in just the time that I would have you,you would give me a life time of Love back you are one brave little girl and I know that God will be waiting for you with open arms when the time comes you are very Special little girl may God Love and protect you always.
    I Love You Sariel as I Do!
    Sincerely Lola. xoxo

  16. Robert Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    My prayers go out to her; may she find a wonderful place in the afterlife.

  17. Sariel’s Story | Zoey's Story Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    […] neglect and over breeding.   The following paragraph contains information from a blog written by Hearts United for Animals (HUA), the organization that helped rescue Sariel and is now caring for […]

  18. Kelly Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Sweet Sariel I’m sending you many hugs and kisses for you are a gift from god to all of us. So sorry about the horrible life you had to endure and I’m so happy that your last days will be filled with love.

  19. Kristin Jenkins Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    I have always been a lover of animals! It saddens me to read about the pain and suffering these little angels have to endure at the hands of cruel, thoughtless “people”. This little girl finally knows what love is. Thank you for that! It warms my heart to know that caring people are giving her the love and comfort she deserves in her final days! I am sorry to hear that she doesn’t have long in this world. Please give her hugs, cuddles and kisses from me….Blessings to little Sariel.

  20. Zoey Says:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    To Sariel
    From Andrea in California:
    Sariel you are such a lucky girl to have so many people love you now. I apologize for the horrible people who kept you in a box and destroyed your life. You have an amazing spirit and I am blessed to have the opportunity to tell you what a special little girl you are. I know your time on earth is short and I am so glad that you have people who love you to care for you now. May we use your story to help stop puppy mills and back yard breeders!!

  21. Shellie Says:
    August 24th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Sariel, You are such a sweet and brave girl and will have a very special place in heaven Enjoy your time at HUA. You are so lucky to be around such wonderful people who love you very much.

  22. Linda Says:
    August 24th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    What a sweetie you are! I’m so sad that you life will be shortened due to horrible irresponsible owners! They deserve a shortened life not you! My heart goes out to you. Give Sariel a BIG HUG from me.

  23. To Sariel Says:
    August 24th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Dearest Sariel:

    May the angels in heaven welcome you with open arms when you leave this earth. My heart truly aches for all the senseless suffering you have had to endure.

    I send you many kisses and hugs my darling…


  24. To Sariel Says:
    August 24th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    To darling Sariel:

    May the angels in heaven await with open arms for you and all the senseless suffering you had to do endure at the hands of these monsters.

    I send you many kisses and hugs my darling….


  25. anjayla stafford Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Hi Sariel I’m sorry for whats happened to you.You are a sweet doggy and I don’t see how someone could mistreat a sweet baby like you.You didn’t deserve that.I hope the horrible person who did this to you suffers tremendously with horrible things happening to him and I hope he gets what ever he has bad coming to him soon. God Bless you Sariel.Soon you’ll be in heaven where you’ll be free from all pain and nobody will be able to mistreat you anymore. Lots of Hugs and Kisses.


  26. BGkimmie Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Dearest Beautiful Lhasa girl, Sariel – You are as beautiful as your name and did not deserve the cruel life you had to live. But you are loved and pampered now like you should have been all along. My own Lhasas and I hold you in are hearts. When your time comes, here are words for you to remember “Head high, nose to the wind…prayer flags whip in the crisp air. The Lofty peaks of the Himalayas gleam in the distance…and the ancestral home beckons. Godspeed little one. Godspeed.”

  27. Christina Sarahan Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    She is such a cute little dog. It is a shame she had to suffer at the hands of cruel individuals; but at least HUA came to her rescue and is able to give her peace and a loving home at last. My loving prayers are with her.

  28. Jo Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Bless her little heart. I am so very thankful for HUA and all that you do for these precious souls. I am so happy for Sariel that she is safely in your care and I know that her last days she will be surrounded with loving, caring people who will dote on her–what she should have had all along. Do you have an estimation of how much time she has? God Bless all of you!

  29. Tracy Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 12:11 pm


    I’m so sorry sweet girl!I’m so glad your last days will be happy ones with people who love and care for you. I know there will be someone special waiting for you when you cross the Rainbow Bridge!

  30. HuaLori Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    We don’t think terribly long now that it has moved to her lymphatic system. Maybe a few months…we hope.

  31. Susan Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    It devastates me to see the deplorable way these kind souls have been treated, but it lightens my heart up to know that HUA is out there looking after them. I would love to live in your area, I would have no problem volunteering all my free time. Sariel, my “Cutie Patootie” and “Tammers” are waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.

  32. annie larson Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 3:25 am

    My heart goes out to the little girl. We have two rescue dogs and they are the joy of my husband and my life. Even those it tooks months for our Lacy to learn to trust us. It was worth the wait to see the twinkle in her eyes of joy. I am a big supporter of banding puppy mills and with a story like this more people need to read and get the information out there. I am so happy for Sarie to have her final days with love.

  33. Lorna Young Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Bless you little angel. My Foxy Lady and Rob Roy will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge and introduce you to all the other angels. I’m so glad you now know love and happiness and will be comfortable until the end.

  34. Paula Smith Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Why won’t the government do something to help these poor creatures? Their greed for money is what is stopping them from helping and it makes me very upset. Thank you HUA for giving Sariel a chance to feel loved and wanted, to be touched by loving hands. I’m so thankful she is able to experience that. Love you Sariel. XXXOOO

  35. lynne cockton Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    we also rescue dogs.(pekingese)sariel like you many are abused.but you know what?their life starts all over when you are loved like you are now,darling little one.we pray that all the love from us all will help you.

  36. Deby H. Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    If I could woof you a song, it would be to the tune of Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop”. Wishing you the very best for a happy “fur-ever” life. Keep on keepin’ on. & 8 )

  37. Susan C Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    It has been said you can judge a civilization on how they treat their animals, we as a nation are in trouble at so many levels. Lord, please put your hand on little Sariel and save her from any further pain. Lord, please look after all of the other animals used and misused as money slaves, give them your love and help us with the fight to stop this. We also need help rescuing as many as we possibly can. Thank you Lord in Jesus’ name Amen and those in agreement give us an amen!

  38. Chris Blake Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Dear precious little girl…May your days be filled with grass to walk on,Sun on your face,loving arms to hold you, and all the pets you need…….I wish I could be there to give you a warm shoulder to rest your head on….just think of me uwhen you sleep tonight…much love…..Chris…

  39. J.T. Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:42 pm


  40. Johanna M. Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    thank god she has people that will make her last days worth living…..luv her….if u ever need a foster parent look me up

  41. Christine W Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Enjoy your days being loved lil one….and know that many will mourn your loss….you will not be forgotten….:(

  42. Suzioooo Says:
    August 27th, 2010 at 10:37 am


  43. Suzioooo Says:
    August 27th, 2010 at 10:39 am


  44. Deborah Says:
    August 27th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Much love Sweet Sariel! I will continue to fight for justice; for you, for my sweet boys, and for all the other puppy mill dogs.

  45. Lindsey Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Sariel, I will continue to work hard on educating people in hopes that one day sweet dogs like you will not be exploited and treated with terribly. Thank you, HUA for all that you do.

  46. chris Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    My love and prayers go out to you Sariel!

  47. kimberley partridge Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    omg….i love this baby soooo much & all the helpless babies like her….it breaks my heart to read about such in-humane people or actually BEASTS who would put an animal through anything that doesn’t give them nothing but happiness & joy……I LOVE THEM WITH EVERYTHING IN ME & IF I HAD THE CAPIBILITY I WOULD CHANGE IT ALLLL FOR THEM….they so deserve it more than man!!!!

  48. Jennifer Campbell Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Sweet Sariel….Im so sorry you dont have much time, but I am glad that your final days/weeks will spent in the loving embrace that is HUA. Just remember that when you leave us, we will still love you and fight for you. God Bless you Sariel.

  49. Lin Della Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I would also like to post her story on my pages to help get the word out…. Thank you. She is so adorable. Thisnever needs to happen.

  50. Kate Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Poor sweet little girl who has suffered so much abuse at the hands of cruel and evil humans. God Bless her and may the horrible excuse for humans be punished severely, if not in this life, in the next. Godspeed sweet little pup- at least you knew what it was like to know kind humans.

    September 2nd, 2010 at 6:13 pm


  52. Debbie Krieger Says:
    September 3rd, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    What a precious little girl. My love goes out to her and my anger is intense. I have 7 of the most spoiled dogs on the planet, one I rescued myself. Puppy mills would not be in business if folks would not buy from them, and if there were no sales, the mills would cease to exist. This sweet angel is a product of not only the breeders greed, but the consumer. Stop buying designer dogs and start looking a procuring a wonderful lifetime companion! Thank you for making the end of Sariel’s years the best they can be. God Bless You, on her behalf!!!!

  53. Stephanie Valletti Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Dearest Sariel…It breaks my heart that you will not know the joys of a long life, but it warms my heart that you will get a chance to feel love through the wonderful people at HUA. Every time I pet my dog, Fox, I will think of you. He sends all the love he can give to you.
    We love you!

  54. Vicki M Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Sweet little Sariel I am so sorry that you have endured so much pain in your life. You deserve so much better — lots of love, tummy rubs, treats, toys, more love, a soft bed to share with your momma, more love. Know you are loved so much and we will fight for those who are still in the nasty, deplorable puppy mills. Bless your little heart. Lots of love, hugs, and kisses from Minnesota.

  55. FREDDY Says:
    September 15th, 2010 at 5:10 am


  56. Jeff Scott (KS) Says:
    September 15th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Sweet Sariel,
    I told my 6 rescue kids about you, and we all prayed together for you. We’re so sorry you had to ensure such horror from such horrible people. You are in our hearts now, and forever sweetie … and you are now with wonderful angels who will make sure you are loved and comfortable … as you deserve. Much love….
    {{{{{ GENTLE HUGS }}}}}

  57. Heather Beed Says:
    September 23rd, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Please know you’re in all our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. I too will post this on my facebook page so that others will know what these gentle creatures go through and encourage others to adopt, not shop. One of my rescue kids, from HUA, is a puppy mill survivor as well. Thank goodness she was rescued early enough in her life that, as far as I can tell, has left no lasting effects. HUA – thank you for all you do for these guys. They all deserve a better life than what they’ve been given. You guys rock!

  58. Pat Buck Says:
    October 6th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I’m still crying. Amen to Susan C. I’m praying that God will bring his wrath down HARD on all the despicable excuses of humans that lust on greed.
    I will never forget you Sariel. You have more love in your little sweet heart than any human. Know that you ARE loved.
    Warm kisses & hugs coming your way.

  59. Teresa Lee Says:
    October 8th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Little girl Sariel, we are sending you 100 hugs and kisses sweetie. We love you and hope the rest of your days are happy, happy, happy! You deserve ALL the love you can handle!

  60. Kip cote Says:
    October 17th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    My dear sweet Sariel,
    you are a precious, precious baby and all my love I send to you. My 3 furry babies wish they could play with you; so we vow to meet you on the other side where you will never be in pain again. We love you pretty girl, you are such a good girl. I ask arch angel Ralpheal to come to you; please know we will never forget you.
    We will fight, in your honor, to get rid of the terrible people that hurt you.
    We love you Sariel, we love you soooo much!!!!!
    Love, Kip, Shelby, Shaggy and Bailey

  61. Nan Says:
    October 19th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    i have a little doxie rescue that was neglected and abused until she was five months old. She still is so full of love and ants to please. God Bless this little Sariel, a puppy mill survivor. I would like to see all puppy mills shut down and instant death is too good for those that profit from such suffering and abuse. I would love to see them stacked in their own feces in wire cages for the rest of their lives. The public needs to be educated about the horrors of puppy mills and why NEVER to buy a dog at a pet store. Hopefully more pet stores will forget their greed and stop making money of the backs of these poor dogs kept in puppy mills. Then they would have to shut down! Thankfully Sariel was rescued and is given love during her shortened life. Thousands more are still suffering! Sariel’s story needs to be told far and wide to everyone.

  62. Michelle Says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Sending you tons of hugs and kisses from us, you are such an amazing little soul and forever I will remember you! Tons of love and prayers to you.

  63. Madison Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    wen i red this story my heart sank i dont no why people would want to abuse such graceful and magestic creatures

  64. Shannon Martel Says:
    November 10th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Dear Sariel, my heart aches for you. My prayers are with you and my thoughts will be on you and your brave fight.At least your last days will be happy and full of love and you will be surrounded with people who love you,will take very good care of you, not let you suffer, and give you all the love you deserve. Remember that when the time for you to cross over, do not be afraid and go to the light, God will be with you on your journey to heaven.God loves you, your rescurers and so do I. Please keep me up to date on her. My thoughts and prayers will be with her forever.

  65. Melissa Says:
    November 15th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Just breaks my heart! I’m all welled up……..at least she is living out her days with lots of love and care. Thank you for all you do!

  66. April Says:
    November 26th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Little Darling Sariel,
    If we knew you could make the journey in comfort we would gladly give you a home with another puppymill rescue. My family adopted a puppymill rescue and you dogs are the most precious and so deserving of a good life for the rest of your sweet days. Sariel you just continue your new found freedom and know that you are loved. I am so sorry baby and I cry for you.

  67. Anne & Bandit Says:
    March 10th, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Sariel – I sit here crying wishing that I had the money to make all the horrible people that did this to you pay in some way! I promise you that I will do everything in my power to educate people what is happening in these terrible puppy mills and will try and help HUA do whatever they can to rescue the rest of the poor animals still in these terrible places! Enjoy what time you have left on this earth with these wonderful people and your good doggie friends. I am sure that God has a special place in heaven for you! Romp and play with all my sweet babies that have gone to Rainbow bridge ahead of you…love and many hugs sweet one!

  68. Anne & Bandit Says:
    March 11th, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Sariel – I wish I had lots of money so that I could put the people that did this to you UNDER a jail somewhere! You did not deserve this and I am so sorry that you had to suffer like this. We will do everything in our power to help HUA make sure that no more babies like you have to suffer in these horrible places. Romp and play with all your furr buddies and let your human friends play and love you while you are here on this earth and I’m sure that when your time comes, God has a special place for you in heaven. I know my babies that have gone to Rainbow Bridge ahead of you will love playing with you. Hugs and kisses sweet one…

  69. Akvile Says:
    March 11th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Sariel, Little Precious Angel,i will keep you in my paryers. You are loved. I am sending you a big hug and a kiss. I am so so sorry, Sweetie, that you had to sufffer so much. Even though I never met you, but you should know that I love you. Please do get scared when the time comes to leave this place, you will go to a better place, and you will become a beautiful guardian angel. My heart cries for you, I have tears coming down my face at this very moment. I feel a relief that at least now you are surrounded by people who love you and care for you. Thank you HUA for doing such a wonderful job. PLEASE TELL HER STORY TO EVERYONE. EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW WHAT ACTUALLY PUPPY MILLS ARE PRODUCING. SO MUCH PAIN CAUSED BY SOMEONE’E GREED.

  70. Akvile Says:
    March 11th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Sariel, Little Precious Angel, I will keep you in my prayers. You are loved. I am sending you a big hug and a kiss. I am so sorry, Sweetie, that you had to suffer so much. Even though I never met you, but you should know that I love you. Please do not get scared when the time comes to leave this place, you will go to a better place, and you will become a beautiful guardian angel. My heart cries for you, I have tears coming down my face at this very moment. I feel a relief that at least now you are surrounded by people who love you and care for you. Thank you HUA for doing such a wonderful job. PLEASE TELL HER STORY TO EVERYONE. EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW WHAT ACTUALLY PUPPY MILLS ARE PRODUCING. SO MUCH PAIN CAUSED BY SOMEONE’E GREED.

  71. Akvile Says:
    March 14th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    How is Sariel doing?

  72. Debbie Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Sweet Baby, now you can run and play with all the other animals at Rainbow Bridge. No more pain. Only good times to had from now on. Play hard little one. You have deserved it. Look up Peanut and Buster. They have been there for a while and they will show you the ropes. Tell them their momma thinks about them every day and still loves them sooooo much. RIP baby girl.

  73. Gail Zeolla Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    What is it ever going to take to shut these mills down for good? We had two Maltese puppy mill rescues who lived for 8 years in the cages in MO,,,One of them lived with us for 8 years 5 months and 3 days,,,her name was Angel Lily Girl, the other one was Shy Cindy Joy, we were blessed to have her for 6 years….this has got to end…your darling little girl Sariel, how you suffered,,,look at you, why did this have to happen to you? I am so sorry you lost your battle with cancer but so glad you knew love with HUA before you left for your journey to the bridge…Rest in peace baby girl, much love from Angelswork2000 in Michigan

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    December 27th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

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  75. HuaLori Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Hi Robert, Our address is PO Box 286 Auburn, NE 68305.

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