May 28, 2013

Animal Humane Society participated in the recovery last week of more than 150 dogs from a Michigan puppy mill, coordinated by the ASPCA.

A team from AHS traveled to a temporary shelter set up by the ASPCA in Lake City, Mich. The team helped set up housing for the dogs, provided medical care and helped feed them. The team then brought 42 dogs back to Golden Valley where they will be adopted into new homes. The rest of the animals were taken and are being placed by animal welfare organizations in Michigan and Ohio.

The dogs, mostly Jack Russell terriers, came from two separate locations owned by a large, substandard, unlicensed breeding facility. The removal of the animals is a result of a civil action prompted by violation of Michigan’s Dog Law, and was led by the Missaukee County Sheriff’s Office and the Roscommon County Animal Shelter. The ASPCA believed the facility to be a puppy mill, a large-scale breeding operation, where profit is given priority over the well-being of the animals.

The puppies and dogs will receive additional veterinary care, spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchips, and eventually make their way to AHS’s five adoption centers. The dogs from this particular rescue will be marked with a heart icon on AHS’s adoption website.

Click below to watch KARE 11's news story on the dogs.