Tennessee Puppy Mill Shut Down! YAHOOOOOOOO

Posted: 2008/07/08 in life
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I learned of puppy mills from the Oprah Winfrey show when her dog Sophie had passed away. The producers of the show did a tribute for Sophie and that show entailed Lisa Ling doing an undercover investigation into puppy mills. I could not believe what I was seeing. I do not want to go into details because I will just get fired up and such. I suggest you do research on your own and a gurantee you will not believe it yourself.

But on to the good news. A Tennesse puppy mill has been shut down and the dogs have been rescued.


30 June 2008

The Humane Society of the United States transported approximately 100 dogs Monday afternoon who were rescued from a Tennessee puppy mill to its Gaithersburg, Md., office.

 The puppy mill housed more than 700 animals, making it the largest mill busted in Tenn. history.

“This case is especially important because its effects will reach far beyond the 682 dogs who we removed from the puppy mill in Tennessee,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS.

“By increasing public awareness of the horrors of puppy mills, this case will help countless dogs across the country.”

How They Were Rescued

The rescue was set into motion by The Humane Society of the United States’ Tennessee state director, who received undercover tips and worked with investigators at the District Attorney’s office for the 21st Judicial District to build a case against the puppy mill operator.

General Kim Helper, District Attorney for the 21st Judicial District of Tennessee has traveled to Gaithersburg to take part in the press conference being held at The HSUS office.

Shortly after local authorities executed a search warrant at Pine Bluff Kennels the property owner surrendered the animals to the district attorney’s office.

In turn, custody was transferred to The HSUS—nearly 700 dogs, 25 horses and donkeys, 20 cats, 4 parrots, and 15 chickens.

No Way to Live

The HSUS has worked with more than 50 individuals from humane organizations across the country for two days to safely remove all dogs from the facility to an emergency shelter operated by The HSUS.

The dogs were living in cramped rabbit hutches amid piles of their own feces.

Many had significant health problems ranging from painful open wounds to matted hair so extreme the animals were unable to walk.

“After rescuing these dogs from their previous lives of neglect and abuse, I am deeply touched to now see them begin their journey towards finding loving, forever homes,” said Scotlund Haisley, HSUS senior director of Emergency Services.

“Although they had been housed in deplorable conditions, the dogs still crave human love and attention.

These calm, sweet animals possess a remarkably resilient spirit and deserve to become cherished family pets.”

The Journey Home

After taking in such a large number of animals, The HSUS reached out to partner shelters across the country asking for assistance in placing the animals.

All 682 dogs have now been placed with humane organizations and will soon be evaluated and put up for adoption.

The Washington Humane Society and Washington Animal Rescue League took approximately 100 of the dogs rescued in Tennessee.

The journey marked a happy new beginning for the neglected dogs.  (www.hsus.org)

  1. Leaming says:

    What great news! I too learned about them from the Oprah Show. The largest mill busted in Tenn! That is just awesome. Go HSUS!!

  2. saidkhorram says:

    Now we can help the dogs in puppy mills to have a much better life. Please spread the word!!!!


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