Volunteers from throughout Midwest providing critical support for rescue mission
December 1, 2010 – United Animal Nations (UAN), a California-based national nonprofit organization, is running a temporary shelter in
Ten UAN volunteers traveled to
UAN volunteer Kelly McKinney of Indianapolis with one of the 100 dogs rescued from an Indiana puppy mill on December 1, 2010.
“These animals were not getting the care or attention they needed to be happy and healthy, as is typically the case in these mass breeding operations,” said UAN Emergency Services Manager Janell Matthies. “UAN volunteers are trained to provide critical support in such cases and will give these animals loving human contact for the first time in their lives and prepare them for a better life in loving new homes.”
The case began when the Attorney General's office received a complaint that the property owners bred dogs and sold the puppies for hundreds of dollars each, but failed to collect or remit sales taxes to the State of
When responders arrived on the property they found overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. Several breeds of dogs were present including Maltese, Shih Tzus and poodles. They were housed inside small wire cages and runs inside a dirty mobile home. Some dogs were denied proper veterinary care and socialization as is typical in puppy mills.
UAN is working with The Humane Society of the
Distinguished by their red shirts, UAN volunteers traveled to
- To support UAN’s work to shelter animals displaced by natural disasters or rescued from large-scale cruelty situations, donate to our Disaster Relief Fund.
- Learn more about puppy mills and how you can avoid supporting them.
- Read more about this response on our Emergency Response Blog.
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Founded in 1987, United Animal Nations (UAN) focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the bond between people and animals through a variety of programs, including emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. Learn more at www.uan.org.