Nearly 200 dogs were rescued from a Virginia puppy mill and transferred to an animal shelter in New York, and it all started with an undercover rescue effort.
Best Friends, the largest no-kill pet sanctuary in the nation, began an undercover rescue effort to save the dogs from the horrible conditions at the puppy mill. The organization was concerned about the welfare of the animals and wanted to bring them to safety.
A person posed as an independent buyer negotiated for the dogs. Workers from Best Friends made the 40-hour trek from Utah to Virginia to bring trucks to transport the dogs to the animal shelter. A price was finally settled upon between the owner and the undercover buyer. The dogs were then handed over an iron gate, two at a time, and were brought to safety.
After being checked out by veterinarians at a nearby farmhouse in Virginia, Best Friends workers began to transport all of the dogs to the Pets Alive shelter in New York.
The volunteers and workers involved in the rescue said the dogs’ personalities are beginning to show. After some much needed rest and attention, all of the dogs await new homes that will provide them with the love they greatly deserve.
For more information about adopting a dog from this rescue, you can visit Pets Alive’s website at www.petsalive.com
UPDATE: The Virginia puppy mill, Dogwood Kennels, has been shut down after the rescue operation. As of earlier this week, there were 390 applications from people interested in adopting.
Source: Times Herald-Record, The Roanoke Times
Photo: John — These are two of the dogs that were rescued from the Virginia puppy mill. The cocker spaniel on the left, the light brown one, is named Butterscotch.