Puppy mill dogs get second chance

May 12, 2009 10:21:32 AM PDT
Scores of lucky puppies and dogs are getting a new lease on life on Long Island. Eyewitness News was there when a little schnauzer touched solid ground for the first time in its life Monday. It was one of hundreds of dogs doing the same after they were all rescued from puppy mills in Missouri and transported to New York.

"They can spend six or seven years or longer in a wire-bottomed cage," said Theresa Strader, of the Mill Dog Rescue Network. "We have relationships with about 60 breeders who will turn them over to us to get them out."

So rather than being needlessly killed because they're not wanted, the rescued dogs came off the truck and into the arms of volunteers ready to find them good owners

A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who got a bath and a medical evaluation is like many others that will be up for adoption.

The dogs come in a variety of breeds, many with a personal story. Liz is bulldog who would've been put to sleep by a puppy mill owner just because she's an adult and isn't profitable anymore.

"To know that they're leaving that life and coming here to find a home in New York and be loved and get soft pillows is a wonderful feeling," Strader said.

So, the animals who pass their medical and social tests will be ready for adoption as early as the weekend. The North Shore Animal League blames pet stores for the overcrowding, saying puppy mill dogs exist to crank out perfect purebreds for window shoppers, and anything left over or less than that becomes an orphan waiting for a rescue.

To find out more on adopting the dogs, visit NSALAmerica.org. The League plans to charge $200 for the adoption of each dog.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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