Dogs Rescued from Kentucky Puppy Mill Begin Road to Adoption at ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 3:45pm
Kentucky responder holding puppy mill dog

In January, the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team assisted with the removal of more than 40 dogs from Dream Catcher Kennels in Kentucky, a substandard breeding facility—frequently referred to as a puppy mill.  These dogs had lived in deplorable conditions, and while many of them were soon ready for adoption, six of the dogs needed more time and assistance to recover from the inhumane conditions they had endured at the puppy mill.

Tuesday night, those six dogs made an exciting step forward—they were transported to the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, New Jersey, where the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team will work to rehabilitate them and prepare them for bright futures in loving homes. The group was also joined by a seventh fearful, undersocialized dog in need of rehabilitation from the Kentucky Humane Society.

Kristen Collins, ASPCA Director of Anti-Cruelty Behavior Rehabilitation, reports that although several dogs tentatively wagged their tails and cautiously explored their new kennels at the Rehabilitation Center, all are fearful and need intensive help before they’ll be ready for placement.

“They’re adorable and they definitely have lots of potential,” Collins says. “We’re looking forward to helping them learn how to enjoy petting, leash walks and all of the other things they’ll experience when they are adopted at last.”

Stay tuned for updates and photos to come as these dogs progress on their journeys to becoming beloved pets. We can’t wait to watch their recovery!  

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