BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WBRC) – The Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS) has helped save dozens of dogs found living in horrific conditions at a puppy mill in rural Louisiana.
GBHS executives have been contacted by partners of the BISSELL Pet Foundation to help transport more than 50 of the 150 dogs found at the puppy mill.
GBHS is one of the BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Code 3 disaster response teams.
“Consumers need to start paying more attention to the source of the pets they buy. These poor dogs and kittens lived in overcrowded, dirty and overcrowded conditions which included the usual torture we see in puppy mills. Animals in stacked wire cages, some without foot padding, without air conditioning, or even without fresh air to relieve heat and humidity. When are we, as civil society, going to start coming together effectively to end these abusive business operations? Said Allison Black Cornelius, Executive Director of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.
With the outbreak of COVID-19 cases and the increase in the number of local stray and neglected animals in the shelter, GBHS is asking the public for help in fostering these pets over those currently at the shelter.
The BISSELL Pet Foundation was part of the joint rescue operation and helped provide funds and grants to both the field and partners taking the animals to shelters and safe shelters. Part of the funding included temporary accommodation on the grounds, including individual kennels for pets, as well as life-saving medical care when dogs and cats were removed.
GBHS volunteers said many dogs in this case would not be available for immediate adoption because they will need time to heal and decompress, both physically and emotionally.
“Puppy mills are devastating places for dogs, and the inhumane living conditions make for some of the most heartbreaking situations to see,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “To anyone considering adding a dog to your family, please save a life in a shelter or shelter first. If you choose to buy a dog from a breeder, do your research to make sure your pet is from a safe and trustworthy breeder. Puppy mills come in all shapes and sizes and can be considered a breeder in disguise. “
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