Pups rescued in TN brought to NYC

February 17, 2009 4:02:13 PM PST
Authorities say 43 dogs rescued at a Tennessee puppy mill have been brought to New York City for eventual adoption. ASPCA spokeswoman Emily Brand says the terriers, Shih-tsus, Chihuahuas, Pekingese and poodles are among 285 dogs seized last week in Sparta, Tenn. They were being bred for sale in pet stores and over the Internet.

The dogs that arrived in New York on Tuesday include tiny, 8-week-old puppies, their mothers and some adult males.

They're being examined, groomed and socialized. They had been kept 5 or 6 per crate, and had never been walked on a leash.

Brand says some could be available for adoption as early as Friday. She says they'll need "extra TLC."

The adoption hotline number is 212-876-7700, extension 4145. For more information, visit ASPCA.org.


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