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Dogs rescued from puppy mill arriving in Tampa

Posted: 6:08 AM, Dec 21, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-21 13:17:08-05
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will receive 11 dogs recently rescued by the ASPCA from a puppy mill in Clewiston, FL. One large breed, six small breeds and a nursing mom with three, five-week-old puppies will arrive at the shelter at 10 a.m. to begin their new lives.
 
“Our long-standing partnership with the ASPCA allows us to extend our circle of compassion outside of Hillsborough County,” said Humane Society of Tampa Bay Chief Executive Officer Sherry Silk. “Life in a puppy mill is horrific and we are thrilled to play a role in the rehabilitation and eventual adoption of these dogs who have suffered so much.”
 
On Nov. 16, the ASPCA rescued more than 100 dogs from an unlicensed breeding facility in Clewiston, Florida, where conditions were reported as overcrowded and filthy. The ASPCA reports that many of the dogs there were suffering from untreated medical conditions. Since the rescue, the ASPCA has provided much-needed medical care for the dogs at a temporary shelter in an undisclosed location, and were recently awarded custody of the animals. 
 
“Now that the ASPCA has custody they can legally turn the dogs over to our care for continued treatment, socialization and adoption,” said Pam Backer, Director of Shelter Operations for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “Our staff has been busy preparing for their arrival and is very excited to help facilitate new, happy lives for these 11 little souls.”
 
While it is possible that some of the dogs will be ready for adoption by Christmas Eve, it is likely that most will need an extended period of adjustment and care before becoming available. The Society will keep the public posted on their progress. 
 
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