Dogs Get A Second Chance After Being Rescued From Puppy Mills

Two dozen dogs are getting a second chance at life after being rescued from puppy mill operations in the Midwest. On December 14, the non-profit shelter, Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL & SPCA), welcomed the 24 dogs into their care. The small breed dogs (Maltese, Yorkshire terriers and poodles) were rescued from various breeding operations in Kansas and Missouri and driven to Arizona where they will be fully vetted and prepared for adoption.

According to the AAWL, the dogs, who were the adult “breeders” at the puppy mill agencies, have known little in terms of human contact, or creature comforts. Prior to arriving to the Arizona shelter, the dogs spent the majority of their time living inside of cages, with very little human interaction. AAWL explained the sad conditions:

They had lived for up to 6 years in small cages with wire mesh bottoms, no regular veterinary care, never stepping outside, and no caring human touch.

Without outside help, the adults dogs would have met with an unthinkable fate – an untimely demise. The breeding organizations commonly do away with adults dogs who are no longer productive (can no longer produce puppies).

Judith Gardner, president and CEO of the Arizona Animal Welfare League, explained to Fox 10 News, “These are big breeding facilities that are typically in the Midwest and they breed these dogs as long as they can breed them. They get to this age, about 6 to 8 years old, they can’t breed anymore. And they used to just euthanize them, but now with National Mill Dog Rescue, they go around and pick up the ones they’re finished with.”

After the medical needs of the dogs are taken care of, the AAWL shelter will search for perfect (patient and loving) homes for the rescued dogs. The shelter staff estimates that it will be several weeks before the dogs will be ready to leave the shelter. In the meantime, fundraising efforts are underway to help provide the dogs with all of the veterinary care, and behavioral support, that they need.


AAWL & SPCA stated:

The care needed for these dogs is measured in weeks and months, with lifetime scars. But with your support, we can show them what it is to be healthy, what it is to be free, what it is to be loved.

Anyone hoping to contribute towards the care for the dogs can make a donation at this link to the shelter.

(Photos screenshots via Fox 10 and 12 News)

Learn more about the National Mill Dog Rescue here.


Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.