Dogs On Road To Recovery After Puppy Mill Bust


UPDATED: Tuesday December 25, 2012 6:37 PM

When an Amish Puppy Mill was busted earlier this year, it left dozens of dogs looking for foster homes to care their medical and social needs. Now, we have an update on some of the dogs who are home, safe, and on the road to recovery.

China Doll, a 12-week-old Pomeranian, is back to being a dog after a start to life that was anything but normal.

“She had lice and fleas really bad,” Central Ohio Pomeranian Rescue’s Kiteria Alley said.

The Pomeranian, along with 50 other dogs, was held captive in a Pickaway County puppy mill until they were rescued in October.

“She’s come a long way since we first got her,” Alley said.  “She’s gained weight, come out of her shell, playing—just being a dog.”

Central Ohio Pomeranian Rescue owner Kim Ray said that, like in most puppy mills, the dogs were kept in wire cages with little or no water and little human contact.

“They were chicken coops with wires outside,” Ray said.

Once dogs are rescued from puppy mills, the real work begins.

Many of the dogs have medical issues and have to be socialized before they can be adopted.

The work is tough, but not impossible. China Doll is recovering and has found a loving owner to care for her.

The owner of the Pickaway County puppy mill faces 23 animal cruelty-related charges.

Rescue organizations say if anyone looking for a pet should go to their local adoption or rescue
organization.

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