Washington - Fifty-five puppies are looking for new homes in the D.C. area after they were rescued from an Arkansas breeding mill.
After a year-long investigation that started with a call to the Humane Society's puppy mill tip line, rescuers pulled 121 dogs from the Arkansas mill.
"It's not just getting them out, just as much effort went into their aftercare and planning to remove them," says Tia Pope, an investigator with the Humane Society of the United States.
The mill was breeding a host of animal species, including horses, exotic birds and rabbits, Pope says. Most have health issues that need to be addressed.
Pope says the puppies, which are mostly small breed, were largely dispersed regionally. But 55 made their way to D.C. area shelters
"A lot of them are the higher-end breeds, including Italian greyhounds, terriers, poodles, poodle mixes and shih tzus," Pope says
While they were bred to sell, the type of dogs also makes them easy to adopt.
Bob Ramin, with the Washington Animal Rescue League, says the 15 dogs of the group available for adoption at his location have to go through a medical examination first.
"We want to make sure they get their teeth checked and other things, just anything you'd normally do before you bring a new family member into your home," Ramin says
The dogs should be available to adopt in 7 to 14 days, he says.
Here are the local shelters who have the dogs:
- Animal Welfare League of Arlington
- Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
- the Humane Society of Calvert County
- Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation
- Washington Animal Rescue League
- Washington Humane Society
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