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Puppy mill dogs find real homes

After living their entire lives in an alleged puppy mill in North Carolina, the first of the 15 dogs received by the Montgomery County Humane Society in Maryland have found loving homes.


The 15 dogs were among about 300 rescued during a raid of Thornton’s Kennels in Wayne County, North Carolina, after a year-long investigation by the Humane Society of the United States.


The breeder was accused of trying to maximize the amount of puppies born, while minimizing the amount of care they received in order to increase profits. 

Mostly small breeds — Yorkies, poodles, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians and shih-tzus — many of the seized dogs were emaciated, severely matted, had overgrown their collars and were suffering from dental and other serious medical ailments.

“It is appalling that any breeder would allow animals to be raised this way,” Montgomery County Humane Society (MCHS) President and CEO Cris Bombaugh said last month. “These dogs are now getting the medical attention, grooming and TLC they so badly need with our staff and volunteers.”

This week, MCHS reports that two of the dogs have been adopted.

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