On April 15th, Hearts United for Animals rescued 19 dogs from miserable conditions where they had lived for years in a Lancaster County, Nebraska puppy mill. Most of them were underweight, and all have medical issues due to severe neglect. All of the dogs were so happy to be rescued. They delighted in the comfort given to them by their rescuers. They enjoyed their clean new spaces and wonderful soft food. They lapped up their fresh, clean, abundant drinking water – something they had been lacking.
Rescuers decided that these dogs are definitely rock stars! They came through their ordeal with such happy, positive attitudes, looking forward to their much improved new lives. They survived, they endured, and they will become loved family members after all of their medical work is done. Stevie Nicks, a tiny little female Brussels Griffon, was the happiest of all. Even though she suffered from a plethora of painful conditions including a hernia, ulcerated and infected eyes, infected ears and a luxating patella, the first thing she did was to dance around the room greeting everyone with her stubby little tail wagging like crazy. Rachel, her new caregiver at HUA, hugged her tight and assured her that every day will be a happy one from now on, full of love, goodness and hope.
As of today, Janis Joplin, a Schnauzer who was so filthy and entangled in mats that she could barely walk or see, is in the maternity ward at HUA awaiting the arrival of the last litter of pups this poor soul will ever have to give birth to. Her health is poor. Her mouth is horribly infected and she has a bad hernia as well as a heart condition. Everyone was devastated to learn she was pregnant. It means she will have to wait until after the puppies are born to have her medical conditions attended to properly. It also puts her at huge risk for complications. She is strong though, and continues to gain strength every day due to the good nutrition she is receiving now that she is at HUA. She has been groomed and feels like a new dog. Her start to a happy, healthy new life is a bit behind the others due to her pregnancy but the veterinarian caring for her is hopeful that she will come through it well. Janis and Stevie and their friends are perfect examples of the tremendous suffering the parents of pet store puppies endure month after month and year after year. These dogs lived in piles and piles of excrement with little food, little water, little veterinary care and obviously no regard whatsoever for anything other than the number of puppies that their broken down bodies could produce. Please share their story with your friends and let them know that dogs like this will continue to suffer as long as the public continues to buy puppies from pet stores and on the internet.
As the newest rock stars of HUA continue to survive and thrive in their loving new environment filled with comforts they have never experienced before, they invite you to view the uplifting video of their arrival: