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BAHS rescues dozens of dogs from puppy mill

Over 30 breeding dogs are being brought to the Bay Area Humane Society following the closure of a Wisconsin puppy mill.
GREEN BAY, Wisc. (WFRV) Over 30 breeding dogs are being brought to the Bay Area Humane Society following the closure of a Wisconsin puppy mill.

The owners of the puppy mill contacted the BAHS on Tuesday, looking for help.

"They decided they wanted to cease operations," BAHS Director of Development Karen DeBaker said. "They tried to call several other shelters in their area. Nobody had the capacity or ability to care for the animals. So they got to us and we said 'Absolutely. We'll be there as soon as we can'." 

Two employees of the Humane Society headed out at 7am Thursday to retrieve the dogs. They're expected back around 5pm.

DeBaker said very little is known about the health of the animals. In general, puppy mill dogs are emotionally distraught and have lived in wired cages their whole life. They've been given very few, if any, blankets and have had no protection from the elements.

They will have a better idea of what they're dealing with once they get to the puppy mill.

"Unfortunately, we don't know much. We know that there's thirty, probably a few more. They are mainly Bassett Hounds, Cocker Spaniels, and Poodles. There is at least one Pug, at least one German Shepherd, but that's really all we know."

The employees will be blogging about their retrieval efforts throughout the day. You can read about it by going to this website...http://bayareahumanesociety.com/blog/2013/10/puppy-mills/

BAHS will also be posting photos throughout the day on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/bayareahumane 

Local 5's Wendy Fleury was at BAHS this morning just before they left to get the dogs. Click the link above to see her report.



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