101 Mill Dogs Saved During Operation Hundred Hearts

To many of us, there’s nothing more irresistible than a puppy. While most people probably wouldn’t knowingly support the inhumane treatment of dogs, our demand for these precious puppies leaves many of them suffering behind the scenes in puppy mills at the hands of commercial breeders who are in the business to make money.

Over the weekend, rescuers from the National Mill Dog Rescue (NDMR) embarked on one of their biggest missions in years, bringing 101 of these mill dogs to safety during Operation Hundred Hearts.

Eight rescuers left NDMR’s headquarters in Colorado in three vehicles and traveled 2,400 miles in little over 48 hours to pick up dogs who no longer had any value to their owners as breeding dogs and would have otherwise been disposed of.

After being brought back to Lily’s Haven, NDMR’s rescue facility, each dog is receiving the individual care they need and will get the chance to learn about love and trust as they’re prepared for adoption in a few weeks.

“After rescue, these dogs will receive all of the veterinary care they so desperately need after a lifetime of neglect. Each dog is spayed or neutered, receives enormously complex dental care, is vaccinated, micro-chipped and heartworm tested. That care alone averages about $220 for each dog. Very often there is the need for additional specialized care or surgeries,” said Theresa Strader, NMDR’s founder, in a statement.

So that people don’t assume all breeders are equally the worst of the worst, Strader is quick to point out in an update on Facebook that many of the dogs they picked up were in good condition both mentally and physically. Still, according to the organization, two of the dogs they received were rushed immediately to the emergency vet.

One dog in particular, a 5-year-old English bulldog named Cinder, was found in especially bad shape. Vets removed over 1,000 ticks from her little body and found she was also “infested with fleas, worms, has kidney issues, entropian eyelid issues, and a heart murmur” and that her “right ear is completely closed (called cauliflower ear) with scar tissue from prior untreated infections.”

According to NDMR, Operation Hundred Hearts marks the 77th rescue trip the organization has made since 2007. Since they started, they’ve taken in more than 9,800 mill dogs who they have worked to rehabilitate and rehome. While these dogs are now getting the love and care they need and deserve, many others won’t be so fortunate.

How to Help

You can make one of these mill dogs your Valentine by donating to Operation Hundred Hearts through NDMR, which will hang a heart in their kennel with your name on it this month. You can also check out their wish list on Amazon for supplies they need.

Along with supporting efforts of organizations like NDMR, we can all help mill dogs everywhere by continuing to spread the word about why we need to stop supporting pet store/online sales of companion animals, in addition to promoting adoption or getting dogs from breeders who are in it for the right reasons – they love their breed of choice, their dogs and want to make sure their puppies go to forever homes where they will thrive.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Elizabeth Z.
Elizabeth Z2 years ago

People need to stop being so breed-happy already...and with all species! Let's help those who already exist on this planet.

Paulinha Russell
Paulinha Russell2 years ago

Great news, thank you for sharing

Lisa Zarafonetis
Lisa Zarafonetis3 years ago

Thank u for saving these babies!!! Shared on my FB wall.

Manuela C.
Manuela C3 years ago

So glad they were saved!

Angela K.
Angela K3 years ago

Thanks for sharing, petition signed

BJ J3 years ago

Shut these hell hole mills down!!! Huge thank you to all involved in this (& all) rescue(s).

Birgitta O.
Birgitta O3 years ago

Tyfs. I don't think any of this will change until we come at this from a different angle, and give "animal person" status to every animal that can be bread as a companion animal (at least to start with)...

Carole R.
Carole R3 years ago

Dear little puppies.

Kamia T.
Kamia T3 years ago

I'm not sure how people go to sleep at night treating animals like this, but I do know in the long run they will have a horrible end. We may never see it, but God promises to repay for every harm done to His creation. I'm so glad that these people were in the position to rescue these poor animals, and hope each will find a loving furever home. That's what I'm working on now -- how to expand my adoption of older pups, since I have the land and the building -- just not the means to pay for help or food yet. Pray for inspiration for me, please!