Heartbreaking Rescue – Over 50 Dogs Seized From Small Breed NC Puppy Mill
Laws need to be reviewed in order to stop heartbreaking scenes such as this!
The US puppy mill busts continue with over 50 small breed dogs rescued from the confines of a suspected mass breeding operation in Rutherford County, North Carolina. The dog abuse was spread across three different NC properties where the dogs were being underfed, mistreated and medically neglected.
The rescue operation in full swing. Photo credit: JASON E. MICZEK/AP Images for The HSUS.
According to the Humane Society of Charlotte officials, the dogs were of a variety of different breeds including English bulldogs, Cocker Spaniels, Yorkies, French Bulldogs and Shitzus. How people can mistreat these gorgeous breeds is simply beyond us…
“Right now these dogs are in really bad shape” said Jorge Ortega, an employee of the Humane Society who was on the scene to rescue the mistreated pups. “We have one dog that’s missing an eye due to an old injury. We are seeing severe mats. A lot of dental problems.”
Due to the large scale of the rescue, the Humane Society of Charlotte’s Emergency Response Team was enlisted to help deal with the huge number of dogs that had to be medically assessed and relocated to safety.
According to Kim Alboum, state director of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), this is the 20th North Carolina rescue that the organisation has had to assist with. Once again, it raises calls for the state to review its dog protection and breeding facility laws in order to better protect its animals.
“It’s time for North Carolina to enact stronger laws to protect dogs. While we are here rescuing dogs, there are thousands more in puppy mills that need the help of our state’s lawmakers” said Alboum.
According to experts, the lack of laws and breeding regulations means that enforcement officers are unable to take action until the situation has reached dire magnitude. Because of these loopholes, North Carolina has gained itself a reputation as prime US puppy mill territory for greedy and unethical breeders.
Just one example of a dog in need of some grooming attention. Photo credit: JASON E. MICZEK/AP Images for The HSUS.
These pups are some of the lucky ones that have managed to escape the appalling that they were forced to live in. Once the mill was infiltrated, the mistreated pups were removed from the property and given a full medical examination by HSC and HSUS teams.
The next step is to find these dogs loving homes where they will be given the love, attention and care that they have been missing out on for so long. These small breeds are friendly, affectionate and easy to take care of so hopefully the rehoming process should be a success for each and every pooch.
Who wouldn’t want to adopt this guy!? Photo credit: JASON E. MICZEK/AP Images for The HSUS.
“We are glad that we are equipped to assist HSUS with emergency response, medical care and finding loving homes for these wonderful dogs, however we wish these situations did not exist at all” said Shelly Moore, representative from the Humane Society of Charlotte.
While it is difficult for animal rights organisations to put a stop to suspicious activity, the HSUS is offering a $5000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of people engaging in animal cruelty or puppy mill operations. It’s not a solution, but it’s definitely a start.