MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Nearly two-hundred dogs slowly recover after investigators said they were rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Coldwater, Miss. Monday.
Many of the dogs are at Sunny Meadows Safe Haven for Pets in Memphis.
The rescue has about 97 dogs, while 70 others are at the vet.
Many of them are in bad shape with bladder problems and some are even blind.
In just 24 hours, you can already see a big difference.
Some of the dogs were trapped inside what investigators call an alleged puppy mill.
“When you pull them out some of them literally would just jump in your arms to get out of there,” said Amy Goad, director of Sunny Meadows.
She helped rescue 176 dogs from crammed cages in the back of a woman’s home.
Investigators aren’t releasing the woman’s name before her case goes to a grand jury for potential charges.
“It's so disheartening when we come here every day and work so hard to give them a happy life,” Goad said.
Goad said many of the dogs suffer from hernias, blindness or even have horrible teeth.
She believes it will cost $60,000 to $70,000 to cover the vet bills, which is a price she said is worth it.
“They don’t talk to you, but if you listen, they do they tell you thank you in their eyes,” she said.
As volunteers work around the clock, Goad said she is confident each dog will eventually go to a happy home.
“It's heartbreaking to us to know we don’t sleep at night thinking some of these babies might be cold or not feeling well,” Goad said.
Goad told us each dog will be spayed or neutered.
She hopes to have them ready for adoption in two to three weeks.
Sunny Meadows is asking for donations to help these dogs. If you’re interested in adopting, fostering, or making a donation online, visit http://sunnymeadows.org/.
You can also mail a check to 4066 New Getwell Rd Memphis, TN 38118.
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