June 3, 2009
The Humane Society of the United States' offensive against puppy mills continues. Just yesterday, we arrived on the scene at an Indiana puppy mill, where we found more than 200 dogs in grossly overcrowdedconditions. Under the temporary care of our emergency shelter, the resiliant animals already are showing signs of improvement.
Last week, local law enforcement and The HSUS rescued nearly 400 dogs from the horrific confines of a puppy mill operation known as the Sun Valley Kennel in Kennewick, Wash. We're now busy moving these animals to local shelters, where they’ll be adopted.
Meanwhile, we've been on the ground around the clock for two weeks in Wisconsin, tending to more than 300 dogs rescued from yet another mass breeding operation. And as if all that weren't enough, earlier in the week we raided two major dogfighting operations in eastern Alabama.
This is a remarkable pace of activity. Sadly, these missions are a common occurrence for our rescue teams. Watch this moving video of our rescue of the innocent animals of the Sun Valley Kennel in Washington state. Then please make an emergency contributions today to support these operations and others
The dogs at Sun Valley -- like those in Indiana and Wisconsin -- had spent their entire lives trapped in deplorable conditions and were forced to breed continuously, all for the profit of the operator. When found, some of the animals were confined to grocery shopping carts, while others spun circles in rusty pens caked with feces. Many of the dogs suffered from malnutrition, urine burns, and overgrown nails.
Because of the efforts of our rescue teams -- along with the assistance of our partners from the animal welfare community -- their suffering is finally over. After you watch this special video, please help ensure our rescue operations can continue.
Tragically, hundreds of thousands of dogs still suffer at the hands of an industry that traps them in a cycle of misery. In the first five months of this year alone, our teams already have rescued more than 1,000 dogs from puppy mill nightmares. We won't stop until the cruelty ends.
Please help make these animal rescue operations possible. Watch our video, then make a special donation today to fund the life-saving work of our emergency response teams.
Thank you for all you do for animals.
Sincerely,Wayne PacellePresident & CEOThe Humane Society of the United States
P.S. Not only is The HSUS on the ground rescuing dogs in Indiana and Washington, but we helped pass new laws in both those states this year to crack down on abusive puppy mills. Help our work to rescue animals in crisis.