Recently, an El Paso County-based non-profit organization rescued more than 100 dogs from puppy mills across the Midwest and brought them to Colorado for finding new homes.
It took a three-day trip by National Mill Dog Rescue crews to pick up the dogs from 5 states. Jene Nelson, the non-profit’s director of marketing and social media said that they covered more than 4,200 miles distance to rescue these dogs from the puppy mills.
“The dogs range in age from a 12-week-old English bulldog puppy with spina bifida to a 13-year-old Yorkshire terrier, which has spent her entire life in a cage producing puppies for pet stores,” a news release says. On average, the dogs are 6 to 8 years old, “which is typically when they are retired from the commercial dog breeding environment.”
The dogs went through full body check on September 2nd, during which they were examined, named, tested for heartworm diseases and dewormed. Some dogs were found suffering from serious health issues that needed immediate medical care. The group says once they are examined and treated they will up for adoption locally.
“The rescue side of our work is difficult,” Theresa Strader, the nonprofit’s founder and executive director, said in the release. “We spend long hours on the road, sometimes seeing unspeakable conditions, we work hard and we sleep fast. We love dogs to the core of our beings and we are so deeply rewarded when we take them into our arms, knowing that soon they will transform from a caged commodity into a cherished family member. This is why we do what we do.”
The nonprofit has rescued more than 13,000 dogs since it was founded in 2007.
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