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ARF Saves Dogs From Puppy Mills

Originally Posted: November 07, 2010

One of the 31 dogs rescued that was rescued. (ARF)

Wainscott - The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc. (ARF), the leading animal welfare agency on the East End of Long Island, announced its plan to rescue another group of breeder dogs from puppy mills. This is ARF's fourth rescue this year. In collaboration with its partner, Best Friends Animal Society and their "Puppies Aren't Products" Campaign, these dogs will be placed up for adoption instead of being euthanized.

ARF's Michele Forrester hands one of the puppy mill dogs to volunteer Bucky Benzenberg.

A puppy mill is a dog breeding facility that produces puppies in large numbers usually to be sold on the internet and in pet stores. The breeder dogs live their lives in chicken wire cages and are forced to reproduced, litter after litter. The dogs receive limited human contact and poor veterinary care, if any. Once these breeder dogs grow older and are no longer useful, most are typically killed. Younger dogs are also discarded for minor medical issues, usually a result of over breeding.

These dogs are on their way to a better life. ARF Operations Director, Michele Forrester, along with ARF volunteers, will transport this group of dogs to the ARF Adoption Center, 90 Daniels Hole Road, Wainscott. With the help of Best Friends Animal Society, the nationally acclaimed Animal Sanctuary in Utah and the inspiration for the National Geographic program "Dogtown" these dogs will soon be on their way to the staging facility in New York for the rescue pickup.

Last year, ARF participated in the rescue of 525 dogs from puppy mills and hopes to exceed that number in 2010.

As soon as the puppy mill dogs are bathed, groomed, neutered and medically cleared, they will be put up for adoption.

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Guest (darlene zank-shook) from brookfield,ct says::
I just watched the news about a rescue from a puppy mill in the mid west (159 dogs and puppies). Thank god, another one shut down! When are people going to smarten-up?! With access to in internet why won't people do homework?! First step-- ask yourself are you going to commit the next 10-15 years to a dog? Second step-- Don't impulse buy.. Do your homework! Ask your vet about what breed would best suit your family and your needs. Ask the Vet if they can recommend a repeatable breeder OR visit a local shelter and ask for assistance. These are some simple easy steps to follow, you just may find out that you are not equipped to handle the pet you wanted or one at all.
Mar 30, 2011 1:18 am

Guest (Guest) from east hampton new york says::
I adopted a puppy mill rescue pomeranian from ARF in wainscott, new york. She is the sweetest little dog and is just now, after 6 months, losing some of the fear she developed at the kennel from people who deserve the same treatment they gave her...g
Nov 23, 2010 4:22 pm

Guest (Guest) from KY says::
I feel every state should stand up and be heard, this has went on long enough. Do you all realize if all the dogs and puppies who are born in kennels and treated this way was adopted, it would put the AKC out of business? When you think about it, these dogs are bred and registered through the AKC. Why can't they also help put a stop to this? How many puppies can a dog have a year without it being considered a puppy mill? MO has changed it to 2 times in 18 months, I don't think that is too much to ask. Give these dogs a break please? Yes a lot of people seem to think the Prop B is out to get the smaller breeders, and blah blah blah. I do not think that is so. Yes, they want no more then 50 breeding dogs. I do not know where that is unreasonable. That is not including puppies, if you only had 3 different breeds, that would be 3 males, the rest females, what would allow for a lot of puppies. Again, if no one bought the puppies, but took the rescue dogs, look at how many would not be registered with the AKC. I think in the long run, the AKC will really be hurting. From personal experience, I have recently adopted a puppy mill dog. This has been an experience for me. This dog is a tiny toy poodle. He is becoming the sweetest dog ever. He never barks, which kind of concerns me. He is now learning to take food and treats when offered out of hand. At first, he would smell of it, be afraid to take it, had to be layed in front of him for him to even take it. He is just now getting to where he will do simple things, like play with another dog, come to eat his food, let me hold him for more than 20 seconds, and just the past couple of days, has started to wag his tell when he is being talked to. Other problems with this sweet angel, at weighing 5.2 lbs at vet, at some point in his sad 4 year life, he has had his little jaw broken, it is assumed by being kicked in the mouth. Yes, that is a fair fight, grown man or woman up against a 5 lb toy poodle. Isn't it? He will not walk into the house before I do when outside. We are working on this, when he does actually do this "trick", he runs in and holds his tail down, quickly turns around like he is expecting to be hit. And this is just a few of the minor problems here. I know we have a long way to go, I also am very thankful to his foster family for getting him ready for me. I can show before and after pictures of him if anyone wants to see, it is a shame we as humans lets other humans treat an animal who is suppose to be out best friend this way. The truth is, I am not sure what all my little bundle of Joy went through before he found his way from MO, to West Memphis, and to the foster family. Think about it long and hard folks, why do we let it happen?
Nov 9, 2010 9:27 pm

Guest (Guest) from Former Ag Teacher says::
HSUS is going to get what they want. Legal, professional kennels in Missouri will close due to arbitrary and capricious regulations connected with the "Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act." Then the cost of puppies will skyrocket and people in New York will quite buying them. HSUS will meet their goal of gradual separation of humans and animals. Next, they will start working on stopping the production of food animals. HSUS is an organization run by evil people. HSUS asks for $19 a month to rescue animals. But their definition of rescue is to lobby for more laws to control humans and stop interaction with animals. Don't donate to HSUS. Donate your money to local animal shelters where it will actually be used to take care of lost, abandoned or stray pets.
Nov 9, 2010 2:58 pm

Terry Ward...

Terry Ward says::
Please New York, don't let this issue die! What goes on in Missouri affects the whole country.. Unless something is done, we will be cleaning up Missouri's mess forever! Please pass this link on.. Beware, it is beyond disturbing... https://hsus.salsalabs.com/o/17003/images/Dead%20D ogs%20RA%20report%20FINAL.pdf
Nov 9, 2010 8:17 am


dawndalyce says::
There is no profit in raising dogs unless you withhold vet care, and fail to give them happy lives with socialization and exercise. Dogs are emotional and full of unconditional love, and should not be treated like livestock, and caged and bred. Stand up Americans, and demand that dogs are not kept always kenneled or caged...it's just cruel. Raising dogs should be a HOBBY ! Dogs need to be treated better than puppy mills treat them. They are intelligent, and loving creatures. Give every home who wants one a varience to keep and breed a few dogs , if they allow drop in inspections from Animal Control, and don't bother their neighbors..and ALLOW de-barking ! It's a MUCH less severe operation when you just clip the vocal chords..than a spay, or a neuter, or even your childs tonsilectomy or wisdom tooth removal !!! For pity sake, allow the barking to be quieted so dogs can live in homes like pets !!! Quit the ridiculous notion that de-barking or quieting a bark, is cruel !! There are two kinds of debarking. The neck does NOT have to be cut to remove the whole voice box ! Good vets go down the mouth and snip holes in the vocal cords to quiet the bark so people aren't annoyed..Vocal chords have no feeling. And the dogs get to ENJOY barking afterward ! They bark in a whisper and don't get punished for it. Almost all show dogs are de-barked.
Nov 8, 2010 1:00 pm


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