Fifteen matted and neglected dogs were rescued from Missouri puppy mills and transported to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons last week for rehabilitation.
According to Sara Davison, ARF’s executive director, the dogs, ranging in breed and in age, will be available for adoption in the next few weeks.
At a press conference on Friday, the dogs were introduced and their health issues exposed. Because they were forced to live in metal cages and to breed and nurse for years, each one has been afflicted with at least one of a number of common puppy mill maladies.
Little Kim, a 5-year-old English bulldog, suffered from an ingrown tail—a genetic defect that her breeder continued to breed. After arriving at ARF, Little Kim underwent a corrective procedure.
English bulldog Penny and ori pei Lulu both have extended nipples because of the years of breeding and nursing they went through. Conton de tulear Betty White, the eldest of the group at 8 years old, arrived with rotten teeth. Boston terrier Angie is currently being treated for extreme dry eye; Ms. Davison said it has been “nothing but puppies for Angie.”
The dogs were rescued by the Rescue Road Warriors, a group that locates puppy mills throughout Missouri and transports rescues to no-kill shelters and other organizations in other states. A total of 67 breeder dogs were rescued from mills across the state, according to Ms. Davison.
“It’s very sad to think that these dogs have spent such a long part of their lives in cages, but they come around very quickly—they’re very forgiving,” she said. “This is an amazing undertaking.”
In total, ARF received three Boston terriers, three Yorkshire terriers, two English bulldogs, one Pomeranian, three toy poodles, one conton de tulear, one Australian terrier and one ori pei, which is a cross between a pug and a shar pei.
This specific rescue was funded in part by Dr. Tara Allmen of Manhattan. Dr. Allmen discovered after purchasing her dog, Sadie, from a pet store, that Sadie had been born in a puppy mill. According to ARF, Dr. Allmen decided to fund the rescue, dubbed “Sadie’s Freedom Trail,” to fight against puppy mill cruelty.
To help stop puppy mills, ARF recommends adopting pets from shelters or rescue groups and not from pet stores.