Over 700 Dogs Rescued From Horrific Puppy Mill In Atlanta Was Worst They’ve Ever Seen
To honor Puppy Mill Awareness Day on September 18, we’re looking back at one of the worst cases of puppy mill cruelty we’ve ever seen.
When rescue groups teamed up to save 700 dogs from an Atlanta puppy mill, rescuers were horrified by the “deplorable” conditions inside. Rescue teams found cages upon cages of matted dogs covered in feces. The sight, smell, and condition of the dogs broke their hearts. Many of the dogs had untreated injuries and needed immediate medical care.
Releash Atlanta, Atlanta Humane Society, and USA Rescue Team were among the groups that worked for 4 days straight to rescue all the dogs.
The Atlanta Humane Society posted, “These dogs have been living in crates their whole lives- one tiny crate stacked on top of another. They’re matted, covered in feces, and have never been held or walked.”
The Humane Society of Valdosta Lowndes County (HSVLC) took 250 of the rescued dogs and set up a staging area to start caring for the innocent pups. “Many of the dogs were coated in feces, had extremely overgrown nails and damaged teeth. They have never known a quiet life of love outside of a cramped cage,” wrote the shelter.
USA Rescue Team organized the rescue and coordinated all the rescue groups. No photos were allowed of the actual puppy mill according to the rescue. Countless volunteers helped transport, care, and love the rescued dogs.
‘We would also like to thank the volunteers that were at our building through the night who spent hours cutting out matted fur, giving baths, and loving these poor dogs,” rescuers wrote. “They were shockingly trusting and calm as if to say “thank you for saving me. I know you are here to help.”
The dogs received medical care and experienced a warm bed for the first time. Once they were healthy again, shelter workers started adopting them out. Thanks to everyone who helped these puppy mill survivors experience life outside of a cage. Adopt don’t shop!
You can also help rescued puppy mill dogs supporting their journey towards health and adoption. Just $15 helps us provide puppy mill survivors with food, care, and socialization. Thanks for helping us save lives on Puppy Mill Awareness Day!