Over 50 Dogs Rescued From Horrific Puppy Mill After Operator Died

An animal shelter in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has taken in dozens of dogs who were left without care when the owner/operator of a “horrific” Arkansas puppy mill died. On March 2, the Humane Educational Society (HES) issued a press release about the rescue effort which involved over 50 dogs and multiple cats.

According to the shelter, the animals were rescued thanks to a partnership between the Humane Society of the United States, Northeast Arkansas Humane Society and HES – the shelter explained what happened, and the dismal condition of the dogs found at the breeding facility, “50 plus animals, including many small breed dogs, were left on the property where the puppy miller had died. All of the dogs found on the property were malnourished and some were found starved to death.”
The dogs discovered at the puppy mill all required “immediate lifesaving care.” One dog, a pug, was in such poor condition that he had to be euthanized. The dog did not have a lower jaw, but had been kept alive. Bob Citrullo, Executive Director of Chattanooga Humane Educational Society, explained the heartbreaking reason, “it was still there for one purpose only, and that was to breed and make them money.”

Some have wondered if the dogs fell to a dismal state of health because the owner died quite awhile before the situation was discovered…the director of the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society dispelled that speculation by stating that the owner had died just one day before officials were called in to help. Tragically, the malnutrition, infections and lack of proper grooming were the pitiful result of how these animals were kept by their former owner.

The traumatizing past is now over and all of the animals are receiving proper food, grooming and veterinary care. On March 4, HES updated Facebook followers about the animals in their care:

Staff and volunteers went straight to work grooming matted fur, giving medical exams, and administering medication. We are looking forward to helping these innocent dogs put their tragic pasts behind them and move forward in new loving forever homes.

Funds to help provide the rescued animals with all of the proper care which they require to recuperate from long-term neglect can be made at this link to the HES Special Needs fund.

HES on Facebook here.

Northeast Arkansas Humane Society on Facebook here.

(Photos via HES and Northeast Arkansas H.S. Facebook pages)







Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com 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.


  1. Lisa says:

    Thank you for helping them!!

  2. Monica Cook says:

    This is yet another example of the horrific lives these poor animals have and a good reason why all puppy mills should either be closed down or made to register as a legitimate breeder who accepts regular unannounced inspections by the local authorities. What these poor animals go through is sheer hell – they do not have a life – they are abused on a regular basis – please, authorities no matter where you are, please try and prevent events like this from happening again.

  3. R Griffin says:

    Good riddance to that despicable cruel mill owner! Welcome to the free world little ones and may you all live out your lives knowing what love, tenderness and carinng is xxx

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