ARMONK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Dogs rescued from puppy mills in the Midwest have arrived in Westchester County to find loving homes.
The special delivery of 150 dogs and puppies happened with the help of Best Friends Animal Society and 15 other local animal rescue groups.
The dogs will be given temporary shelter and care until they can be put up for adoption.
The groups hope their efforts shed light on puppy mills that churn out dogs in excessive numbers for profit.
The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons said puppy mill dogs can spend their entire lives inside cramped cages.
“It’s amazing to watch the transformation of these animals that have lived in a cage [and] really never had the human touch,” Michelle Forester, Director of Operations at the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, said. “Once our volunteers and staff start working with these animals they learn how to walk on a leash, they feel grass for the first time. They’re looking forward to the humans to come down and care for them.”
The rescue groups will work with the animals to help them adjust to life outside the puppy mill and teach them to socialize.
The dogs will be available for adoption within the next 10 days to two weeks after they pass their medical reviews.
Among the rescued dogs are Chihuahuas, Cavalier King Charles and Boston terriers.
Anyone interested in adopting can visit ARFHamptons.org for more information. Pictures and biographies of each dog will also be posted on the website.