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Puppy mill dogs to Mishawaka animal shelter


A truckload of rescued pets will soon find sanctuary at Pet Refuge in Mishawaka.  More than 200 dogs were taken from a Southern Indiana puppy mill Tuesday.  And about 30 of them will be getting a temporary home here in Michiana.

The Humane Society of the United States picked Pet Refuge because it's a "no-kill" facility... meaning they'll keep the animals until adoption or natural death.  The extra 30 dogs will need some extra care and shelter officials are asking you to help them out.

240 puppies and dogs taken from deplorable conditions in a Southern Indiana puppy mill.

"The dogs that come out of puppy mill situations have lived in a crate 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year," said Pet Refuge Board Member Pam Comer.

But now Mishawaka shelter Pet Refuge board member Pam Comer says they'll have a better life.  She pushed for legislation against dog breeders who used their pets as puppy making machines.  So Tuesday's bust was a breath of fresh air.

"It's one more step to no more homeless pets is what it amounts to," said Comer.

Those dogs will join the rest of pack at Pet Refuge in hopes of being adopted, but first they'll be quarantined in this room for at least two weeks."

"We want to make sure that the dos that we receive are appropriately vetted so that we to the best of our knowledge are able to adopt out a healthy dog," said Comer.

Along with some health concerns, puppy mill dogs get little socialization; a minor challenge for new owners.

"This us a whole new ground for them. It'll be a learning experience for them as well as the person that adopts them," said Comer.

It's an obstacle Sue Phillips says she'll overcome.

"They sometimes may be traumatized because of their experiences.  I think you would have to spend more time, but I definitely have that," Sue Phillips who's looking for a dog.


The Howes are searching area shelters for the newest addition to their family.

"We like the fact that these are dogs that need a home rather than going out and just buying one in a store or something like that," said Matthew Howe who's looking for a dog.

And with harsher laws for breeders, Pet Refuge expects to rescue more pets in need.  So they'll need some help too.

"Cleaning supplies, bleach, paper towels.  What we really want is applications for forever homes," said Comer.

The puppy mill dogs will arrive in Mishawaka tomorrow night between 5pm and 8pm.  The dogs will only stay at Pet Refuge temporarily.  They'll spend most of their time at foster homes awaiting adoption.

They won't be available for adoption for at least two weeks.  But there is an application form and an interview process you can get started on right now.

Click here for adoption information.

Reporter: Nadia Crow

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