The 15 dogs who came from Minnesota were not as lucky. It was clear that the long confinement in exceptionally rotten conditions had taken a toll. We knew the minute we saw them that their medical needs would be extensive and their emotional scars would be vast. One sweet little maltese could not even be identified as a particular breed until she had the years of caked on filth and mats shaved off. It took the staff and volunteers hours to find her hiding under all of the crud. Her back legs were fused together with matted waste from living in inches of feces and urine. She had trouble even going to the bathroom. It was very painful. She was so happy to be clean and free for the first time in years. Two of the dogs were so completely wild with fear of humans that they could not be handled when they arrived. They had to be coaxed from their travel crate into their large open wire crate in the intake/quarantine area. They hung their heads and would not make eye contact once they were in their new accommodations. They wouldn't eat or drink with humans near them. They are going in for their veterinary work now. Many had rotten teeth dangling by a thread, causing them to be virtually unable to eat. They will receive soft food until their mouths heal from the extensive work and extractions that will need to take place.
The 5 dogs from Nebraska, all Pomeranians, had also led a very rough life. Their medical needs have been ongoing since they arrived in early July. But they are happy and grateful to have all the comforts provided to them at HUA. Just the smallest things make a difference - the opportunity to go outside several times a day, clean nutritious food, fresh water, a blanket to call their own, a clean place to sleep. It means the world to them.
While it is so sad to see dogs in this condition, it is also happy that they now have a chance at normal, healthy lives. They have a chance to be adopted and be the loving family members they always should have been. The South Dakota mill is going out of business by choice, because the pups are not selling. The Minnesota mill is going out by force from government officials. The Nebraska one says they are going out of business, but we aren't so sure and will monitor the situation. July was a very good month for these 37 dogs, and the war on puppy mills. Please continue to spread the word - Don't Shop. Adopt! It makes all the difference for dogs who continue to suffer, held prisoner, all in the name of greed. YOU can stop puppy mills!
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Please consider a donation for these dogs' care by going to our donation page at www.hua.org or mailing a check to Hearts United for Animals PO Box 286, Auburn, NE 68305. If you are interested in adopting one please write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.