Seventy dogs removed from two puppy mills in Missouri are now in our area and need new homes.
Rescuers with the Humane Society transported the dogs to its headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md., last night. Some of them are severely underweight and malnourished. "There were two breeders in the Missouri area that decided they weren't able to properly care for the dogs any longer. They made the humane choice which we applaud to give those dogs to a local shelter," said Melanie Kahn, the Humane Society's director of the campaign to stop puppy mills.
The organization estimates there are 10,000 puppy mills nationwide. In this case, the Missouri Department of Agriculture stepped in and revoked the breeding licenses of the mill owners. The humane society said they are committed to stopping the problem, but they need the public's help. "This is an industry primarily perpetuated by consumers continuing to buy puppies sold in pet stores, on the Internet and through direct sales from puppy millers across the country."
The dogs are now being rehabilitated at several local shelters and will be ready to be adopted in about a week.
Here is a list of the shelters:
- Washington Humane Society
- Washington Animal Rescue League
- Lost Dog Rescue
- SPCA of Anne Arundel County
- Norfolk SPCA
- Norfolk Animal Care Center
- Richmond SPCA
- Loudoun County Animal Care and Control