It’s a great outcome when The HSUS’s rescue work results in spontaneous dancing from animals. And that’s exactly how we read the behavior of one of the 225 dogs rescued from our latest intervention at a puppy mill.
Kathy Milani/The HSUS
Some of the more than 200 dogs rescued.
Last Friday, our Emergency Services unit responded to a call from the White County Sheriff’s Office to lead the rescue of poodles and other dogs from Gayla’s Poodle Palace in Sparta, Tenn.—yet another squalid, overcrowded, and awful puppy mill operation, keeping animals in poor conditions, selling them over the Internet and duping consumers who were looking for a loving companion.
It was our 10th deployment to Tennessee in the last two years, with nearly 2,000 animals rescued—a sign of the amazing relationships we’ve developed in the state with law enforcement, the impact of our Wilde Puppy Mill Task Force, the outstanding work of our state director Leighann McCollum, and a heightened determination to address the ongoing animal welfare problems in the state. (The HSUS’s Animal Care Expo is set for Nashville starting on May 12 if you’d like details on the event.)
The dogs are now resting comfortably at an emergency shelter run by The HSUS and United Animal Nations, and they could not be happier.
Check out this little girl, who seemed to be so happy after she saw our team in their HSUS-emblazoned T-shirts, that she just couldn’t help herself and broke out into dance.