WHS welcomes 92 dogs saved from Iowa puppy mill

NOW: WHS welcomes 92 dogs saved from Iowa puppy mill

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) in Milwaukee on Monday, Nov. 1, welcomed 92 dogs that were saved from an Iowa puppy mill. WHS is now asking for the public's support. 

According to a news release, at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL), in coordination with the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), a licensed breeder in Seymour, Iowa, agreed to surrender all of the animals in his care after the USDA documented more than 190 violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

The complaint against the breeder, filed by the DOJ, detailed horrific conditions at multiple locations in Iowa where he kept dogs, including dead dogs, dogs with untreated injuries and illnesses, like parvo and distemper, dogs with painful fur matting, dogs in cages that were too small, and moldy food. More than 500 dogs and puppies were surrendered. 

WHS is now asking for the public’s help. Many of these dogs and puppies will need medical treatment for a variety of ailments, as well as foster care, before they are ready for adoption.

"I would say the number one key to it is patience and letting them come to you," said Angela Speed, VP of communications at the Wisconsin Humane Society. "A lot of reinforcement, a lot of treats. Having a social dog in the home can often help these little guys who are shut down to learn how to become dogs."

•To DONATE: please use the button below or CLICK HERE.

•To FOSTER: watch WHS' orientation video and sign up for the Rachael Ray Nutrish Foster Program HERE.

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