Rescued Puppy Mill Dogs Arrive in DC

Washington Animal Rescue League now caring for 23 dogs rescued from a puppy mill

Monday, Aug 20, 2012  |  Updated 11:55 AM EDT
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Nearly two dozen dogs arrived in our area this weekend and will soon be in need of loving homes.

Darcy Spencer

Nearly two dozen dogs arrived in our area this weekend and will soon be in need of loving homes.

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Some of them are still so scared they're shaking, but 23 dogs that arrived from a midwestern puppy mill are now safe at the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL).

The Humane Society of the United States removed more than 220 animals from a breeder in Ohio. Of those, 19 chihuahuas and four shar peis were brought to WARL in Northwest D.C.

“They were kept in very small quarters. Often times multiple dogs in one cage," said Matt Williams of WARL. "So they’re not in the greatest health.

Many of the animals have not been socialized. “A lot of these dogs have never been on a leash before; they’ve never been walked,” Williams said.

Veterinarians and training specialists are rehabilitating the animals so they can be adopted -- possibly in the next three weeks.

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