Prairie Paws Rescue, an animal rescue
organization, recently saved 18 dogs from an alleged puppy mill in Bottineau County, North Dakota, reports The Jamestown Sun
North Dakota does not have state laws that regulate puppy mills, but there are criteria set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that the facility failed to meet. Their lack of compliance prompted the USDA to contact the animal rescue group and have them move into action.
"We were called in to get the animals out and find new homes," Kaye John, co-founder of the organization, told the news source.
Many of the pooches were kept in tight cages and had very long coats that prevented them from being able to see. Others had ear infections, which were treated with antibiotics. These conditions may have also contributed to the poor health issues, as many puppy mills have unsanitary conditions.
Luckily these 18 canines were rescued and now animal rescue workers are busy making sure they are clean and healthy in order to get them ready for adoption or placement in a foster home.