September 29th was a beautiful day in central Nebraska, made even more so for HUA manager John and dedicated volunteer Trudy, who drove there to rescue 22 souls from lives of misery. These precious dogs had finally escaped the horrors of a puppy mill. The poor things were scared out of their minds but seemed to understand that help had arrived.
Among the group were Yorkies, Dachshunds, Shih Tzus, Pomeranians, a Schnauzer, and a Bull Terrier. The puppy miller did not discriminate and bred whatever she could get her hands on.
Zoe, a tiny Yorkie weighing in at a mere three pounds, was brought to the vet for immediate medical attention. Her right eye is dying due to previous trauma, and her left eye is severely dry. Her patellas are very bad. Her teeth are rotten and putrid. A paw is broken, and she has whipworms.
Sage, another very small Pomeranian, had one huge matt on his back side that pulled away from his body, leaving painful sores on both sides.
Aster Schnauzer is emotionally broken. He shakes and cringes and is terrified of human contact.
Emotions always run high during puppy mill rescues. The initial relief we feel at having the dogs in our arms is quickly overshadowed by feelings of frustration and disgust once we begin emotional and physical assessments. Staff and volunteers have done this important work for many years and have learned to look for silver linings in every cloud to keep spirits boosted. Over the weekend, tiny Goldie Pomeranian surprised us with something that gave us pause to consider
the miracles of rescue work. These precious lives will never know a single moment of terror. They will never be hungry, cold, ignored, or neglected. They will grow into happy, cherished, spoiled members of their families and their mother will never again be forced to suffer through the pain of pregnancy and childbirth.
As always, your support is appreciated. If you would like to contribute toward the care of the Autumn Arrivals, please click below. We will work tirelessly for as long as is needed to heal their bodies and their broken spirits, and that every day for the rest of their lives is spent making up for the years of suffering.