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The Ruff Report: Dogs and Rescue


DOGS & RESCUE (state by state)

Arizona

Rescued dogs suffered in 115-degree heat
Sixty-one Basset Hounds, including 13 who were left for days in a dirt yard in the searing sun with temperatures reaching 115 degrees with no food or water, have been rescued from a breeder in Arizona. More

Arkansas

89 dogs seized from putrid puppy mill
The dogs, seized from a breeder in Arkansas, are mostly small breeds, such as Shih-Tzus and Chihuahuas, and have painful skin burns from being soaked in their own urine and feces. The stench in the trailers where they were kept was so noxious that rescuers had to wear masks. More

350 dogs rescued from 'horrific' conditions
The dogs - mostly Shih Tzus, Poodles, Akitas, Shelties - were found living in dilapidated structures on an 82-acre property near Paris, Arkansas. Most had severely matted fur and were suffering from lacerations and skin and eye infections. More

California

Beagles rescued from barbaric outdoor shelter
The dogs, all with severe infections, some needing surgery and all so frightened that they "shake when you go near them," are being rehabilitated by the Sonoma Humane Society in California. More

Florida

Chihuahuas' rescue required hazardous materials unit
Eighty-seven Chihuahuas - some malnourished or anemic, many were covered in fleas and living in waste-covered cages - have been rescued from a puppy mill in Florida. More

Georgia

26 dogs rescued from fighting ring; 27 bodies found
The Pit Bull Terriers and Bull Terrier-mixes - many on the verge of starvation - were found chained to tire axles and rods in the woods and have bite wounds, injuries and scars that indicate the fighting operation in Georgia was going on for years. More

Hawaii

110 dogs rescued from sordid pet sanctuary
The dogs were crammed into chain-link outdoor kennels placed in rows among piles of trash on a tiny 3.2-acre property in Hawaii. Many are suffering from parasite and tick infestation, eye and skin infections and mange. More

Indiana

240 dogs traumatized by incarceration rescued
Animal welfare officials in Indiana say the small-breed dogs suffer from ear mites, eye infections, worms and painful dental problems, but the trauma from being confined is even more severe than the physical ailments. More

Iowa

297 frightened dogs rescued from giant puppy mill
Animal welfare officials in Iowa say the dogs - some quite timid from being locked away all their lives in small cages in four old farm buildings with virtually no access to the outdoors - are reasonably healthy, but many need socialization. More

Kansas

45 dogs rescued from 'dog factory' need homes
The breeder ran out of money and turned over the dogs - English Springer Spaniels and English Cockers - to national rescue organizations who hope to prepare them for eventual adoption. More

Kentucky

Hoarder crams 300 dogs into old schoolhouse
Rescuers found the dogs, which included breeds such as Basset Hounds and Labradors, covered in feces and stuffed a poorly ventilated former schoolhouse in Kentucky. More

Michigan

Rescued dogs suffered in feces-covered cages
Thirty-three Airedale Terriers and Schnauzers, traumatized from long-term confinement in waste-encrusted cages and covered in their own feces, have been rescued from a breeder in Michigan. The dogs also appear to have been badly socially neglected. More

110 dogs rescued from squalor, certain death
The rescue of 110 Chihuahuas and the recovery of the bodies of 151 others from a hoarder is one of the biggest animal rescue and recovery efforts ever in the Dearborn, Michigan area. More

Minnesota

51 traumatized dogs rescued; 1 found nursing 7 pups
The dogs - mostly small breeds like Yorkshire and Jack Russell Terriers, Toy and Miniature Poodles, American Eskimo, Chihuahua, Shi-tzu, Maltese and Dachshunds - have severe emotional problems after being locked away in cages stacked upon one another in an enclosed room with virtually no human contact. More

Mississippi

43 starving dogs rescued, but 14 too sick to survive
The dogs - dehydrated and nearly starved from being crammed into waste-covered, small kennels with no food and water - were rescued from a puppy mill in Mississippi. More

75 dogs rescued, bodies also recovered at filthy puppy mill
The surviving dogs, many covered in their own waste and all living in feces-encrusted pens, are malnourished and have skin infections after surviving the ordeal at a puppy mill in Mississippi. More

Missouri

100 dogs rescued from crude, dilapidated puppy mill
The dogs - mainly Pomeranians, Jack Russell Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, Chihuahuas, Cocker Spaniels and Poodle-mix breeds - were found crammed into crude, wire-bottom cages stacked on each other in a dilapidated barn-like facility in Missouri. More

Dogfighting bust biggest in nation's history
The break up of an eight-state dogfighting operation - believed to be the largest bust of its kind in the nation's history - has resulted in the rescue of 407 pit bulls. The Missouri Humane Society is caring for the dogs. More

Dogs 'desperately' needing care rescued; 100 missing
The dogs - mostly Yorkshire Terrier, Pekingese, Chihuahua, Maltese, Miniature Pinscher and Miniature Poodle breeds - were seized from a breeder in Northwestern Missouri after being found living in their own waste. More

300 dogs rescued from 'years of neglect'
The dogs - mostly small-breeds like Chihuahuas, Boston Terriers, Miniature Pinchers, Lhasa Apsos, Shar-Peis, Pugs, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Yorkies and Westies - were covered with feces and urine when seized in two separate busts at kennels in Missouri. More

Nebraska

Dachshunds imprisoned entire lives in cages rescued
Nebraska Dachshund Rescue says the dogs - most suffering from ear infections, worms and gum disease so severe that they had to have teeth extracted - had apparently never been out of the cramped cages. More

New Mexico

Dogs rescued from squalor resorted to cannibalism
Fifty-four dogs living in a mobile home with feces caked 4-feet high in some spots and hungry enough to resort to cannibalism have been rescued from a hoarder in New Mexico. More

North Carolina

237 dogs rescued from 'solitary confinement' and filth
The dogs - including some nursing puppies and others pregnant - were seized froma breeder in North Carolina. They are all suffering from medical and emotional problems after being lock up their entire lives in filthy cages. More

Rehab begins for 283 dogs rescued from 'constant confinement'
The 283 dogs - mainly Lhasa Apso, Shih-Tzus and Chihuahuas - rescued from cramped cages and squalid conditions at a North Carolina kennel are being readied for adoption. More

Oklahoma

90 terrified dogs rescued from putrid puppy mill
Ninety dogs - mostly Chihuahuas along with some Golden Retrievers, Pekingese, Shih Tzus, Border Collies and Poodles - have been rescued from a puppy mill in Oklahoma. Most are "paralyzed with fear" from lack of human contact. More

Oregon

100 dogs rescued from yard of terror
More than 100 dogs have been rescued from a hoarder in Oregon in what some are calling one of the largest cases of animal neglect in the state's history. The property is being described as one of the most gruesome scenes ever encountered by animal welfare officials. More

118 dogs seized from squalid puppy mill
The rat terriers - some with behavioral problems from the ordeal and another with a bad eye that had to be removed - were kept in cramped, unsanitary cages with little food and water before being rescued from a breeder in Oregon. Six have given birth to 22 puppies since being rescued. More

200 rescued dogs had to share single bag of food
The Sheba Inus, Akitas, and several other breeds seized in one of the largest puppy mill busts in Oregon history were hungry, thirsty, and badly needed bathing and grooming. More

Dogs stuffed into tiny, 'inhumane' crates rescued
The cocker spaniels, who were found covered urine and feces and suffering from muscle atrophy after being crammed into crates so small that they were unable to stand or turn around, have been rescued in Oregon. More

Pennsylvania

210 dogs rescued from years of confinement
The Poodles, Poodle mixes, Chihuahuas and Terriers have been rescued from a breeder Pennsylvania. They are suffering from eye, ear and respiratory problems as well as severe emotional problems after being locked up for most of their lives in cramped cages. More

Starving rescued dogs only had rotting food to eat
Ninety dogs, who were kept in crates stacked as many as three high with only a limited amount of moldy, rotting food that forced them to fend off each other to eat, have been rescued from a hoarder. More

Tennessee

108 dogs rescued from filthy, rat-infested puppy mill
The Border Collies, crammed into waste-filled cages in a barn strewn with decaying bodies of vermin, were seized from a breeder in what is being described as one of the nastiest puppy mills ever encountered in Tennessee. More

Rescued dogs in emotional shock after ordeal in tiny cages
The 54 dogs rescued from a breeder in Tennessee are suffering from severe emotional problems as well as eye and ear infections, dental problems and skin dermatitis after being penned up all their lives in tiny, cramped and filthy cages. More

285 dogs rescued from deplorable conditions in Tennessee
The animals - mostly Boston and Jack Russell terriers, Pomeranians, Shih-Tzus, Chihuahuas, Poodles, Miniature Pinschers and Schnauzers - were living in waste-encrusted pens with little food and water at a Tennessee kennel. More

Texas

534 dogs locked up in filthy, crude cages rescued
The rescue is one of the largest puppy mill busts in Texas history. Many of the dogs are suffering from wounds and infections and all are traumatized after being locked up their entire lives in waste-covered wire cages exposed to the harsh outdoor conditions. More

Rescued dogs suffered in a field of horror
475 dogs imprisoned in makeshift wire cages and plastic barrels hidden in a field of 8-foot high weeds where fleas and ticks feasted on them have been rescued from a breeder in North Texas. More

78 dogs rescued from 'extreme abuse and neglect'
Sixty-eight Rat Terriers, nine Cavaliers and one Cocker have were rescued from a house near Waco, Texas. Multiple dogs - in some cases as many as six - were crammed into waste-covered rabbit cages with spolied food and filthy water. More

Virginia

100 sick dogs locked up in waste-filled cages rescued
The dogs rescued from a breeder in Virginia were so some so sick that they needed overnight hospitalization, others are "skin and bones" from lack of food and frequent breeding, and most are traumatized from being locked up for years in filthy cages. More

Washington

One of nation's 'worst' puppy mills busted
Animal welfare officials says some of the 371 rescued dogs will need to have limbs amputated and many will need foster care to help them adapt to family living because the conditions were so bad at the breeding kennel in Washington. More

600 dogs rescued in puppy mill busts in Seattle area
Law enforcement officials have rescued more than 600 dogs - many infested with worms and fleas - in the Seattle area. More

Wisconsin

340 dogs found 'suffering' in makeshift kennels
The dogs - many suffering from severe fur matting, dental disease, skin infections and untreated lacerations - were crammed into small feces-filled cages at an animal rehabilitation sanitary in Wisconsin. More

Canada

Sickening smell forces rescuers to wear masks when seizing pets
The dogs and cats were confined to tiny cages and forced to live in layers of their own feces and urine. Animal welfare workers in Edmonton, Alberta, had to use respiratory masks during the rescue because of the sickening stench. More

97 sled dogs rescued from makeshift pens in woods
The Siberian and Alaskan Huskies - including some nursing puppies, several pregnant ones, some blind - were removed from the property of a Quebec man who was using the animals to give tourists sled rides. More