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Dogs saved from puppy mills in third successful campaign effort

Thirty-seven puppy mill dogs have been rescued in the third annual Puppy Mill Rescue, conducted by the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF), reports Hamptons.com. ARF director Michele Forrester traveled to Akron, Ohio, to transport the dogs back east.

According to the news source, the animals, many of which have never been walked or uncaged, will be rehabilitated and socialized at the ARF Adoption Center. Some of the dogs include Pekingese, Pomeranians and miniature poodles. They'll be medically cleared by veterinarians for adoption.

Rescues from puppy mills have been in the news this summer, as NBC New York recently reported on the North Shore Animal League, which took in 70 puppy mill dogs from Missouri and Oklahoma. Speaking to the source, League director Sylvia Ottaka noted that the dogs were having "their first brush with humans who really care."

Hamptons.com noted that ARF has also participated in the "Pup My Ride" program, administered by the Best Friends Animal Society. The program reportedly has rescued over 1,500 dogs from Midwest puppy mills.

According to the Humane Society, most dogs sold in pet stores are from puppy mills. However, increased legislation is moving to protect the conditions for the dogs in these facilities, and 10 states passed laws to this effect in 2009.
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