We hate puppy mills and when we heard about this story from Alaskan Malamute Rescue of Southern California, we just had to get the word out, so you know just how bad puppy mills are too.
Earlier this year, animal control in Concow, CA closed a puppy mill because of deplorable conditions.
More than 100...yes, 100 dogs, including 70 puppies, were taken in to care by Animal Control.
All were in various stages of illness, some have parasites, some have respiratory infections and many are underweight and emaciated. Some were pregnant and several gave birth to litters of puppies since being taken in by Animal Control.
According to the rescue, the owner of the puppy mill was attempting to breed German shepherds with Alaska malamutes to create a 'new breed'.
The rescue currently has 22 of the malamutes:
- 11 adults
- 11 puppies
The dogs are described as 'very sweet' but 'unsocialized and fearful.'
The rescue is now accepting applications for the dogs to place them in 'furever homes' but says they will not be placed until they are well, vaccinated, micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, socialized, and trained. Puppies will not be placed until they are at least 8 weeks of age.
A GoFundMe page was started to help cover the cost of caring for the dogs, which is significant.
We must give the founder of Alaskan Malamute Rescue of Southern California, Tina Dunn, big kudos! She's our hero!
Her volunteer group has rescued hundreds of dogs in the last 30 years and they can use YOUR help. They're looking for volunteers to help with the dogs. Please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-583-8280 if you can help!