I-TEAM: Breeder Shuts Down - Dogs Need Homes

Decatur – The Homeward Bound Pet Shelter is trying to place the last of 17 Pomeranian dogs that were rescued when a breeder went out of business.  They were among 58 dogs used to produce puppies by that single breeder.

“We call them our special needs dogs,” Linda Clary of Homeward Bound told WAND News.  “They’re doing very, very well.  Actually a lot of these, considering where they came from, a lot of them were fairly well adjusted.”

2014 statistics by the Humane Society of the United States estimates there are 10,000 puppy mills across the nation.  Only about 3,000 are licensed by the USDA.  Puppy mills are commercial breeders who try to produce has many puppies as possible, often in horrid conditions.

“Females are bred every time they come into season.  Many times cages are stacked on top of one another,” Clary stated.”

Homeward Bound still has 4 of the breeder dogs left.  “This is actually the start of their new journey is how we feel,” according to Lisa Boudell of Homeward Bound.  “This is what we do.  This is why we are here.”

All dogs and cats adopted from Homeward Bound are spayed or neutered. 

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