The ongoing partial government shutdown has meant a halt in inspections for puppy mills and pet dealers, and animal welfare advocates warn this means animals could be put in danger.
North Shore Animal League America said the dogs, cats, puppies and kittens came from commercial breeding operations in Missouri and Kansas and municipal shelters in Virginia and Tennessee.
The canines come in all shapes, sizes and ages. The breeds include Chihuahua, Bichon Frise, Chiweenies (a Chihuahua and Dachshund mix), Havanese and King Charles Cavalier.
The breeds range from Yorkshire terriers to Boxers. Other breeds included papillons, poodles, Tibentan terriers, French bulldogs and Maltese.
Dave Bernacchi opened up a pet rescue at the Westfield Sunrise Mall in Massapequa, where folks can adopt loving dogs and cats for small donations.
At issue is Umka, a female Brussels Griffon, born in December of 2010. Elena Zakharova bought Umka for $1,650 from Raising Rover, Ltd. in Manhattan.
Dogs rescued from puppy mills in the Midwest have arrived in Westchester County to find loving homes.