Puppy mills are one of the worst things humans have ever come up with. They keep dogs in inhumane conditions, often forcing them to have litters 2 to 3 times a year. They devastate a dog’s mental and physical health.
In July 2014, dog trainer Victoria Stilwell took part in an operation to bust one such puppy mill that had been operating in Georgia since the 1980s. The Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cherokee County Marshal’s Office raided the puppy mill that kept over 500 dogs in terrible conditions.
It’s heartbreaking to watch the animals living in unclean cages, some in their own filth. Watching the happiness on these dogs’ faces when they finally have some real human contact brought tears to our eyes. During the operation, the team ended up rescuing 526 dogs in total. Many of the female dogs were pregnant though. So when they gave birth later, that number went up even higher.
Then something amazing happened! When the word about this operation spread, hundreds of people lined up on adoption day to give the pups a forever home. Some people had even camped from the night before! Seeing the community come together like this restores our faith in humanity.
At the end of the event, all the dogs got adopted and will never have to suffer again! As for the people who were running the puppy mill – they pleaded guilty to 25 charges of animal cruelty and were sentenced to 25 consecutive years of probation.
A year after the adoption event, the pups and their parents met for a 1-year reunion. Seeing these cute dogs out of their horrible cages and in the hands of their caring parents puts a big smile on our faces!
Please remember to do your homework before getting a new dog. Say no to puppy mills.