French Bulldogs, Shiba Inus, Shih Tzus From “Puppy Mills” Are Available for Adoption in New England – MassLive.com | Wonder Mind Kids

More than 60 dogs and puppies, including French bulldogs, Shiba Inus and Shih Tzus, have been relocated to New England adoption centers after being abandoned from commercial breeding facilities in the Midwest — commonly referred to as “puppy mills.”

Groups like the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem and the Dakin Humane Society in Springfield have partnered with the National Mill Dog Rescue and Race for Life Rescue to bring a flight of the dogs to Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, Oct. 27 , the MSPCA-Angell — another rescue group involved — said in a new release.

When the flight — which was arranged by the Bissell Pet Foundation — landed, vans waited to take the dogs to their destinations to spend a Massachusetts-mandated 48-hour quarantine period, the MSPCA-Angell said, noting that 33 of the dogs were taken to NEAS in Salem and the MSPCA Cape Cod location in Centerville.

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The group added that all of the dogs came from “puppy mills” and that these types of facilities “are often overcrowded and dogs raised in these conditions are often over-bred and not given proper medical care and socialization.”

A spokesman for the MSPCA said the dogs are likely “too old” to have been sold, although most are only a year old or younger.

The Dakin Humane Society said the “life-saving” transport was due to the dogs coming into the care of National Mill Dog Rescue. This group has seen a “sharp increase” in the number of dogs abandoned in recent months, Dakin added, saying these dogs are now finding “loving homes” and that the move will help “raise awareness of shelters for them life saving work.”

Dakin noted the nine dogs it received — including one adult and eight puppies — will be available for adoption after receiving necessary medical attention and having spaying and neutering surgeries.

Dakin added that the dogs will be available for adoption “at the earliest” early or mid-next week.

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Megan Talbert, the new executive director of the Dakin Humane Society, said in a statement that her organization “is proud to be selected as one of the few partners asked to participate in this transport and its partnerships with lifesaving organizations like Bissell.” Pet Foundation.”

The dogs will also go to other partner shelters in other New England states, including the Connecticut Humane Society in Newington and the Potter League in Middletown, Rhode Island, Dakin said.

Both the MSPCA and NEAS expect “high demand” for the dogs they have received, which also include a Pomeranian, Poodle and Cairn Terrier. Those interested in adopting one of the animals can keep up to date on availability on the NEAS website.

The MSPCA noted that the rescue coincides with the city of Attleboro becoming the 11th municipality in the Bay State to ban the sale of dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs in pet stores.

The local ordinance, proposed by Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux and unanimously supported by city councilors Oct. 18, allows pet stores to offer shelter animals for adoption instead, according to the MSPCA.

There are also pending bills in the state house to end the “puppy mill-to-pet shop pipeline” across Massachusetts, the group added.

Kara Holmquist, the MSPCA’s advocacy director, said in a statement that actions like Attleboro’s benefit animals like those who have just arrived in New England.

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“Pet stores use inhumane commercial breeding facilities to supply animals to their stores,” Holmquist said. “Less animals suffer [in commercial breeding facilities] when pet shops can no longer sell them.”

She added that bitches are often bred “as early and as often as possible” with puppies regularly taken from their mothers at “a very young age”, exposing them to a range of behavioral problems.

Holmquist noted that dogs from commercial breeding facilities tend to be over- and inbred, leading to common “health and genetic disorders” they can suffer from.

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