The Story of the Puppy Mill Dogs
The 10 dogs that Atlantic Small Dog Rescue has taken in this week came from a puppy mill in Virginia, and were rescued by Animal Rescue Corps in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies. They, along with 122 other dogs of various breeds as well as 4 parrots, were living in terrible conditions with very little food and water, no grooming, and no proper ventilation. Many of the dogs were covered in their own urine and feces, and it was obvious that they had not been to a vet in a long time, if ever. You can see photos of the rescue on the ARC Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.823779334322057.1073741836.164981283535202&type=1 and there are news articles on the bust here: http://www.whsv.com/home/headlines/Update-Puppy-Mills-266110211.html and here: http://www.examiner.com/article/virginia-puppy-mill-bust-yields-134-dogs-seized-by-page-county-sheriff-s-office
What is Animal Rescue Corps?
Animal Rescue Corps is a sort of “Animal Rescue Army” based out of Washington DC who specialize in rescuing large numbers of animals from abusive situations. They have been involved in a number of large scale puppy mill and dog fighting busts since their inception in 2011, and were involved in the Sunshine to Maritimes Transport that happened in February 2013, which ASDR was also involved in. You can visit their website here: http://animalrescuecorps.org/ where you will see “Operation Liberty Dogs” on their front page. That is the rescue effort that these dogs come from. You can also see videos of many of their rescue operations on their Youtube page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/AnimalRescueCorps (please be aware, these videos can be graphic). You can see a video of the Liberty Dogs rescue here: http://youtu.be/yCXYrH5r8YI?list=UUT7J4MgNxVMJf4aC_ZwEuPA
So, why is ASDR taking in dogs all the way from Virginia?
ASDR has been an ally of ARC since the Sunshine to Maritimes Transport in 2013. Organizations must be approved by ARC in order to take in animals that have been rescued by them. When possible, ARC works with local shelters and rescues to place the animals that they have rescued. However, the local shelters and rescues are often at their maximum capacity and cannot take in all of the rescued animals. That leaves these animals “orphaned” so to speak, with nowhere else to go. That is when ARC reaches out to their partner groups to ask if any other groups can help, and then pays to transport the animals to groups who respond with offers to help. As mentioned in one of the linked articles, dogs have gone to rescues all along the American Eastern Seaboard. These 10 dogs we have taken in are less than 8% of the dogs rescued from that situation, all the rest of the dogs have found shelters and rescue groups in other places.
ASDR is often asked for smaller dogs than we have (Chihuahuas, Yorkies, Poodles, etc). Most of the dogs who are surrendered into our care are 20lbs or so, and are not the type of dog that many of our followers are interested in. We receive Chihuahuas and other small dogs of that nature into care from our local area (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI) only occasionally and always do our best to take in every dog who fits our mandate from the local area. We know that there is interest in Chihuahuas in this area, and interest that is not fully supplied by the dogs available from the area. We do not seek to continuously ship dogs in from out of our area, and NEVER look to do so, but when we are asked to do so by a reputable group like Animal Rescue Corps, it is very difficult to say no when we know that there are hundreds of potential adoptive families just waiting to find the right dog to adopt. ASDR is committed to helping as many dogs as we possibly can, regardless of their place of origin, and we know that Atlantic Canadians have HUGE loving hearts and want to help out in any way they can.
What about Puppy Mills in our area?
Puppy Mills are known to exist in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. If they are reported to Animal Rescue Corps similar rescue missions may be able to happen HERE, and ASDR would be eager to assist ARC in the effort. If you know of or suspect any Puppy Mills in your area please contact Animal Rescue Corps to report the situation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for reading this story. If you are interested in assisting us with the medical care of these dogs, please visit our GoFundMe campaign http://www.gofundme.com/56n79c to make a donation. Every donation, no matter how small, will go a long way towards helping these dogs become healthy enough to go to their new homes. As you have seen in the photos and videos of the rescue posted above, these dogs were in terrible conditions, and will need medical care before we can in good conscience find them new homes.