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41 Dachshunds Saved from Arkansas Puppy Mill

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Lavin1.jpgForty-one Dachshunds arrived at Hearts United for Animals on Monday evening, January 25th.  Julie and Linda from HUA rescued them from an Arkansas breeding facility that was going out of business.  We were told that they were rare colors, gorgeous dogs with many championship winners among them.  The breeder said they were well cared for and were her babies.  She knew each one and would tell us all about them.  That sounded different from the typical puppy mill rescue, a breath of fresh air to find a breeder who treated the dogs so well.  Unfortunately, when we arrived the story didn’t resemble reality at all.



Julie and Linda were taken into a

garage where the dogs lived in wooden boxes with lids shutting them in and wire cages stacked on top of one another.  Some did not even have solid surface flooring, just a thin blanket on top of hard cage wire.  There was one water dish, but it was empty.  When rescuers provided water to the dogs they drank huge bowls full, right down to the bottom.  Many of the dogs were thin.  One was so terrified that she had to be sedated for the trip.  A three-year-old blind Dachshund clung to her five-year-old mother for comfort.  The breeder knew a few of their names and ages, but not many.  Of course there were no medical records.


When the dogs arrived Monday evening, their spaces in HUA’s brand new Safe Haven Building were ready for them with soft blankets, good food and fresh water.  They dove nose first into their food bowls devouring all of it as volunteers scrambled to bring them more.


Over the next two days many of the dogs were taken to foster care with the Dachshund rescue groups.  They are all being treated for intestinal worms, fleas and yeast in their ears.  Some of the dogs are heartworm positive.  A little male in foster care has horrible seizures.  Veterinarians aren’t sure yet if it is due to physical trauma sustained at the puppy mill or a genetic condition.


After spending as much as ten years in horrible wooden boxes these dogs are now rescued and will finally get to live in homes with people who love them.  



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To inquire about adoption please fill out an application on our website at www.hua.org or visit the Nebraska Dachshund Rescue and Dakota Dachshund Rescue pages.  Visit our Facebook page for more photos and to keep up to date with what the Dachshunds are doing now.


We extend our heartfelt gratitude for your generous contributions that make these ever so important missions of mercy possible.