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Just 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.
Females who were not able to produce babies were thrown out along with older girls whose bodies were battered and broken from years of churning out puppies on hard wire flooring in their small cages. We were left to wonder if the beautiful, young, friendly girls who didn't produce had been stolen, perhaps at one time family pets who had been spayed with the thieves not realizing it. Unfortunately we will never know, as they have no identification.
It is suspected that the puppy mill owner did not feed them for quite sometime, as is common practice when they decide the dogs are no longer useful. They wouldn't waste a meal on an animal who isn't going to make them money anymore. In this particular part of Missouri the millers are known to not even waste the price of a bullet when they are done with the dogs. They are often thrown into pits to starve to death.
The urgency was clear. Julie and Lori said barely a word on the trip, somberly knowing what fate the dogs were escaping and hoping the puppy miller wouldn't change her mind about giving them to rescue.
As the dogs arrived safely at HUA and were removed from their travel crates, the notes regarding medical conditions piled up. The little black and white Poodle girl has a mammary tumor the size of a lemon. A Maltese girl is riddled with so many small mammary tumors it is like her belly had been sprayed with a shotgun. Another Maltese girl has an ear infection so bad that it is solid black and oozing. Yet another has hematomas in her ear so badly that it is scarred shut. It was difficult to find the eyes on a little Yorkie girl as they were crusted shut. Nearly all have rotten, infected mouths from lack of dental care, lack of fresh water and poor quality food.
Restoring health to these precious animals who nearly lost their lives will be a monumental undertaking. Veterinary bills will likely top $20,000 as specialists will be needed. Radical mastectomy operations are in several of these girls' futures. Recovery will take months and operations will go in stages, as they could not survive a double radical mastectomy performed at one time. First they will be given some time to build up their strength and fight infections from the years of lack of care.
As always, your support is appreciated and the dogs could use it now more than ever. If you would like to contribute toward the care of these newly rescued dogs please click below. They are precious, beautiful souls. They are funny, happy, delightful little ones who have been dancing with joy from the moment they arrived. The thought of what nearly happened to them is sickening beyond words. We will make sure that every day of the rest of their lives is spent making up for their years of suffering and neglect.
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We extend our heartfelt gratitude for your generous contributions that make these ever so important missions of mercy possible.