Washington Animal Rescue League Takes In More Than 100 Puppy Mill Dogs

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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Wednesday, more than 100 dogs from an Arkansas puppy mill were taken to The Washington Animal Rescue League. The dogs were seized by Arkansas authorities from Happy Times Kennel in Hot Springs, says WARL Chief Communications Officer Jim Monsma. He also tells us that the operator of the breeding facility has been charged with three felony counts of cruelty to animals. According to Monsma, authorities found that the dogs were being kept in filthy outdoor pens and several dogs were found dead.

The American SPCA helped take approximately 175 dogs from the puppy mill. Some animal protection groups in Arkansas are keeping about 20 of them for adoption, while the ASPCA is transporting terriers, poodles, Pomeranians, shih tzus, and other small breed dogs to WARL and shelters in New York and New Jersey, says Monsma.

The dogs arrived at the League's Northwest Washington, D.C. shelter Wednesday afternoon. They will be evaluated and treated at its Medical Center, and training staff will "assist them in overcoming any socialization problems and psychological traumas," said Monsma, in a statement.

Wednesday afternoon, WARL shared these pictures of the dogs' arrival with 9 News Now.

The Washington Animal Rescue League is the oldest animal shelter in D.C.

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