Imagine living your entire life without seeing the light of day. Or living in the same room as you toilet, except that it is never flushed. And never having dental care, or medical care of any kind. That is what life was like for well over 100 dogs and cats, and various other animals living in horrific conditions in an alleged puppy mill in Senatobia, MS, until the Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) came in with local law enforcement Thursday, August 11 to rescue them.
Maggots and filth were everywhere. Animals were infested with parasites. The ammonia smell was so bad that it permeated the respiratory masks. Some of the rescuers became physically ill just being inside minutes at a time – animals lived in these conditions, and somehow managed to survive.
Some of the animals were dying, and were taken to a facility to be euthanized. However, the overwhelming majority were treated for various conditions.
There were animals in a house and in barns, and even more in rabbit hutches scattered throughout the property. Some dogs were on chains. Some were loose on the property. Also, there were around 60 chickens. A couple of turkeys and a donkey.
Ask your elected officials to outlaw puppy mills in your state, and demand that the USDA enforce the Animal Welfare Act. Stand up for local laws and ordinances preventing sales of dogs and cats at pet stores, via the Puppy Mill Project.
If you’re interested in fostering or adopting any of these animals, keep an eye onARC’s Facebook page, which will be updated with more information.
With Steve Cochran on WGN Radio and the South Suburban Humane Society, on Wednesday morning I will be adopting one of these amazing survivors.
This has to stop!