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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Why haven't all the puppy mils in the country been legally shut down for good yet?


No kidding


Because our wonderful government doesn't want to know what is going on behind the scenes whether it is about our 4-legged friends or the children of the United States.


Has the person running Dreamcatcher been charged and will he/she be prevented from starting up again. This needs to be part of the legislation that shuts all puppy mills down for good. If you get caught a second time, you lose you house, your car etc and proceeds go to cover court costs and the rest goes to a local rescue society. No more "slap on the wrist"


Someone should have thought of that years ago!!!


Excellent idea.


Karin thank you! That is such a GREAT idea!


That's right Karin! Let your local representatives and senators know your ideas!


I agree. These puppy mills should be shut down forever. These dogs do not deserve to be treated as breeding machines. The people who are involved should go to jail for a long long time or put them in cages and see how they like it. Shame on people.

Neal Rudder

Unfortunately there are a lot of people that do not respect or love dogs as we do and that is probably the reason there is no legislature that really punishes these greedy/cruel low life's that run these mills. What we can do is petition our local, state and federal politicians to take some positive action.