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poodlexwy.jpgJust seven days ago, late in the afternoon, we received an urgent message.  Eighteen puppy mill dogs were going to be killed by the breeder first thing the next morning if they weren't rescued.  Another rescue had found out about it but did not have the resources to drop everything to go save them.  Within 20 minutes of receiving the details, Julie and Lori threw crates and blankets in the HUA van and took off for central Missouri.  Six hours later, after a harrowing trip through the steep hills of Amish mill country, complete with horse and buggy crossing signs, the dogs were safely resting and gobbling down soft nutritious food at HUA.  We were told they were all old, but some turned out to be quite young. 

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Lavin1.jpgForty-one Dachshunds arrived at Hearts United for Animals on Monday evening, January 25th.  Julie and Linda from HUA rescued them from an Arkansas breeding facility that was going out of business.  We were told that they were rare colors, gorgeous dogs with many championship winners among them.  The breeder said they were well cared for and were her babies.  She knew each one and would tell us all about them.  That sounded different from the typical puppy mill rescue, a breath of fresh air to find a breeder who treated the dogs so well.  Unfortunately, when we arrived the story didn’t resemble reality at all.

 

 

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Dakota1Yet another South Dakota puppy mill is closed for good!  Breeders near the North Dakota border contacted HUA because they had less than 10 days to be off of their property before they were evicted.  Rescuers from Hearts United for Animals drove 1,000 miles to rescue the 69 dogs at the facility, trying to get there and get out quickly before a terrible blizzard hit.  When the door to the facility opened the rescuers were knocked back by the stench.  The dogs who were not shaved down were so matted and filthy that the crud hung off of them in dreadlocks.  Many had skin raw from infection.  Several eye infections and injuries were noted as well as hernias and one of the worst mammary tumors we have ever seen.  One of the Dachshunds was missing a rear leg.  Another Dachshund had been butchered during a c-section to try to remove a "water baby" from her belly.  She had a hernia as well as bruising over her entire underside from the botched c-section where she was "cut from stem to stern", according to the puppy miller's own account.

This is one of the worst cases of suffering that HUA has seen recently.  It is not uncommon, but always startling and very sad.  This rescue reminds us of the importance of spreading the word about walking away from pet stores.  If there were no demand for the cute little pet store pups there would be no need for supply, and puppy mills would all go out of business as this one did.  We are winning the war on puppy mills.  Education is paying off, but there is still great need.  Although many puppy mills are out of business many more are still operating with dogs in similarly bad condition if not worse.  Please spread the word.  The parents of pet store puppies are suffering and dying every day.  Boycotting stores that sell puppies is the best way to cripple this industry of pure greed.

To donate for the extensive medical needs of these 69 dogs please click here to go to the Hearts United for Animals donation page.  Please share these dogs' YouTube video with your friends and family to let everyone know of the suffering of the parents of pet store puppies.



 

 

 

 

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FarrahBSince January 1st, 2014, Hearts United for Animals has rescued 117 dogs from 2 puppy mills in South Dakota that just closed their doors for good last week.  Rescuers battled 50 below wind chills, white out conditions and a vehicle malfunction as they made several 12 hour trips to rescue all of the dogs.  Other groups stepped up to help, taking in 32 of the 117 dogs.  For the remaining 85 dogs at Hearts United the vet bills are anticipated to near the $20,000 mark.  Farrah, pictured here, has had eye infection for so long that she has permanent vision loss.  She will see the eye specialist this week.

The dogs were all so filthy that rescuers nearly fainted at the smell.  The white dogs were yellow and even after many baths the staining cannot be removed.  A bath for one dog can be a several day project to chip away the caked on mess between their paws, trim their nails that are curled under so badly that they can barely walk, and shave all of the caked mats out of their fur.  Some cannot emotionally handle too much grooming at one time, so employees and volunteers work with them a little each day to get them cleaned up.

Poor Charlie Girl is having emergency hernia surgery this week.  She gave birth to litter after litter of puppies in the filthy, deplorable conditions at the mill until her body gave out.  Many of the dogs are suffering from severe dental disease, some with only one dangling, rotten tooth left.  The ones with the most severe dental disease are emaciated.  Every rib can be felt on their fragile little bodies because their mouths hurt too badly to eat the kibble provided for them at the puppy mill.  They are ravenously lapping up their soft canned food at Hearts United for Animals.  There have been several cases of ear mites and other parasites causing the dogs to scratch so much from the distress that they have wounds on their ears and bodies.

Even though Toulouse was suffering, he still kept an eye out on his little Chihuahua pal, Berto.  He has not left his side since they were rescued.  He wants to make sure that his pal is protected and safe, knowing he is very shy and afraid, and is also in pain due to his severe dental disease.



If you are interested in adopting one of the recently rescued dogs please contact tera@hua.org.  If you have adopted from HUA before there is no need to fill out another application.  You can also help by sending this email on to friends and co-workers to help find happy homes for the dogs at HUA and raise funds for their extensive medical needs.

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KaysonBlogKayson is a beautiful, happy little fellow who was rescued from a Nebraska puppy mill by Hearts United for Animals.  He is only 9 years old, but due to poor breeding practices and neglect in the puppy mill, his time left to enjoy his freedom will likely be cut short.  He was SO HAPPY on the day he was rescued.  He immediately snuggled himself into the arms of a volunteer and gave us the biggest, happiest smile he could muster.  He was beaming!  At first glance he should have been one of the most adoptable of all the dogs rescued that day.  Kayson has never been made available for adoption though.  His health problems are too severe.  He lives in a foster home on the property at HUA.  He loves his life there, but each day is a struggle to keep him alive and happy.  Kayson lost nearly all of his teeth because they were rotten from years of neglect.  He came through the surgery well.  Then one day he completely lost use of all four legs.  He was rushed into the veterinarian's office where he spent many days and was thankfully able to recover.  While he was in the hospital it was discovered that his heart was very bad.  He was put on medication to try to prolong his life and try to get him well enough to have surgery for two suspicious growths.  He was able to have the surgery.  Not long after he got out of the hospital he began coughing uncontrollably.  It was found that his trachea was collapsed.  He spent two weeks on crate rest with heavy doses of cough medicine and has to have treatment added to his water to turn it to gel to help him swallow.  The cold weather made it worse, so he cannot go outside on very cold days.  The results of his biopsies are back and the growth on his side was cancerous and the margins were not clean.  Kayson is not strong enough to have surgery again at this time.  He is still battling back from his collapsed trachea problems.  His fur on the tumor site has been shaved and the spot will be monitored.  Through all of his battles he has remained happy, loving and the sweetest little fellow ever.  He knows that everything that can be done for him is being done.  When it is his time he will know he has been loved and will have appreciated every day that he was able to spend outside of a cage doing what he does best - spreading love and cheer.

Kayson's issues were not isolated.  Two of the other little tiny poms from this rescue mission who were bred for beauty and size rather than health also had major issues.  One sweet little fellow who was smaller than Kayson did not make it.  He passed away in an instant from a heart attack one day.  Another, Zelda, had a massive stroke shortly after she was rescued and permanently lost use of one leg that was left stiff and curled up.  It is a miracle that Kayson is still alive - a miracle that has been provided to him by the generous donations of the kind people who support Hearts United for Animals.  Kayson will get to enjoy at least one Christmas, and maybe more.  He and all of his human and canine friends are planning a party to celebrate their freedom on Christmas Day.

Kayson  and his pals are the cutest, cuddliest, sweetest little dogs, but they are far from healthy.  They are having their lives stolen twice.  First, the many years that they spent caged with no significant human interaction or veterinary care stole the majority of their lives while they churned out puppies to be sold to pet stores.  Second, once they were rescued their bodies were so damaged from poor genetics and poor care that the time they have left will be cut much shorter than it should be.  Because they are forgiving, adoring, loving little dogs they hold no grudges.  But we do.  We do it on their behalf.  We will fight for justice.  We will publicize their plight in order to help save future dogs from the same fate.  We will ask you to do the same.  Puppy mills are for the most part not illegal.  They should be, but they aren't.  We will fight for the worst ones to be shut down immediately and fight for better laws, but the bottom line is that if the public were educated not to purchase puppies from pet stores Kayson and his friends would not be suffering.  Without demand the suppliers would go out of business.  In honor of Kayson and the over 10,000 other dogs we have rescued from puppy mills, and in honor of those who still suffer, we have brought back our billboard campaign in Omaha.  It is urging people to adopt instead of shop this holiday season and bringing the reality of puppy mills and the consequences of buying pet store puppies to light in a large digital display seen by 80,000 people per day.

Donations to HUA are being doubled through December 31st.  Please consider a donation for the care of Kayson and his friends and to help us educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills.  Your assistance in helping us to continue these life saving missions of mercy mean so much to the the dogs.

Please donate online at www.hua.org.  We will let Kayson know you are thinking about him.

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