ASPCA Rescues Dogs From Arkansas Puppy Mill

Tazi Phillips, Global Animal

(PUPPY MILL RESCUE) ARKANSAS — The ASPCA has reported the rescue of over a hundred dogs from this morning’s raid on an Arkansas puppy mill. The dogs – which included smaller breeds of Dachshunds, West Highland white terriers, Boston terriers and Chihuahuas – were living in inhumane conditions and found to be suffering from severe neglect, skin conditions and fleas.

At a temporary shelter, veterinary professionals are preparing to immediately tend to any urgent medical needs, then evaluate and provide a treatment plan for each canine. Photo credit: ASPCA

According to the ASPCA, the canines are being transported to a temporary shelter, where they’ll receive much needed medical attention.

“The ASPCA is pleased to be in a position to lend our assistance and help the Garland County Sheriff’s Office put an end to puppy mills in their community,” says Kathryn Destreza, Director of Investigations for the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response Team. “Puppy mill dogs suffer from living in extremely unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization, and we appreciate the efforts of the local authorities in pursuing this investigation.”

One of the puppies in the arms of a rescue team member. Photo credit: ASPCA

The ASPCA reported that the owner of the puppy mill, Pat Thomas, was arrested earlier today and charged with three counts of felony animal cruelty. FIR Medical Director Dr. Rhonda Windham and her forensics team are documenting the condition of the rescued dogs to aid law enforcement in building a criminal case against Thomas. Since they are a part of the case, the dogs will not be made immediately available for adoption. “Our goal is to help the local authorities by providing experts and resources to support the case, and see that these animals move on to a better place,” commented Destreza.

Although these canines make up a fraction of the number of those rescued from last months Montreal puppy mill raid, they prove that there are thousands of dogs in mills throughout North America that await rescue from horrible mill conditions. 

For updates on this developing story, visit the ASPCA Blog.