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54 Labs rescued from Vermont puppy mill

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) rescued 54 Labrador retrievers from a Vermont puppy mill recently, the organization reports.

The HSUS teamed up with the Vermont State Police and local humane societies to save the dogs from the Bakersfield property where they were living in unsanitary conditions without socialization or medical care for existing wounds and medical conditions. The dogs lived in wire pens in windowless outhouses, and many were underweight, dehydrated and wounded.

The property owner has been selling puppies over the internet and through classified advertisements, the news source reports. All 54 dogs on the property were seized and examined and treated by a team of veterinarians before being transported to an emergency shelter. The HSUS reports that it is responsible for the care of the dogs until their custody is determined in a disposition hearing.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), puppy mills are large-scale commercial dog breeding operations where profit, not health and care, are the priorities.

"This is precisely why Vermont desperately needs to pass legislation regulating large-scale breeders," said Joanne Bourbeau, the Vermont state director for the HSUS. 
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