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Puppy mill dogs recovering at NAFC Animal Shelter

Rowdy Shaw Rowdy Shaw
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NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – More than two dozen dogs are recovering at the New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter, after being rescued from a puppy mill. Earlier this week officials seized more than 100 dogs after a raid in a Bloomfield, Indiana home.

The Humane Society says inside the mobile home, they found Maltese, Shih Tzus, Pugs, and Poodles in small wire cages that were filthy. Now some of the those dogs are getting the care they need in New Albany, all in hopes of finding a better life.

By looking at their faces, you won't be able to see their past.

"There is no compassion in this field, it is completely about money for these people," said Rowdy Shaw with the Humane Society of the United States.

Authorities say dozens of these dogs were kept in Greene County in horrible conditions.

"These are nasty facilities where they are covered in feces and urine and the ammonia smells that come in there are really destructive to an animal's system," said Shaw.

Shaw says an estimated 5 million dogs are trapped in similar conditions across the nation. The Bloomfield mill was shut down after the Attorney General's office discovered the operation was cheating Indiana out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes.

"It's awful to see that these animals get used for purely breeding purposes and with that you lose that companionship that the animal actually desired and that it was designed for," said Shaw.

But these dogs are about to get a new leash on life.

"These animals are not going to be mass producing animals anymore and the health of these animals will improve immensely," said David Hall, NAFC Animal Shelter Director.

On Friday, 37 of them were welcomed into their new home at the New Albany-Floyd County shelter. Here they will be treated for any illnesses, thoroughly cleaned, and prepped for adoption.

"A puppy-mill puppy is a lot of work sometimes and can be more work than what you're anticipated," said Hall.

Hall says even in a short time, these pups have come a long way.

"Just the fact that instead of cowering in the back of the cage and they come forward when you approach them means so much and it really warms your heart," said Hall.

The shelter says these dogs will probably be ready for adoption in a few weeks. If you are interested in fostering one of the puppy-mill puppies, call the shelter at 812-948-5355.

If you want to help, the shelter is always in need of donations or cleaning supplies.

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