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March 24, 2009

Animals Rescued from Arkansas Puppy Mill on the Road to New Lives

The Humane Society of the United States

PARIS, Ark. — After intense planning and days of around-the-clock work, all 361 animals rescued from an overrun puppy mill in Logan County, Ark. are resting comfortably and ready to begin their lives anew in loving homes. The Humane Society of the United States has been granted custody of the animals seized in this rescue.

"I am honored that we had the opportunity to rescue more than 350 animals from a future of certain misery," said Desiree Bender, Arkansas state director for The HSUS. "After rescuing these animals from their previous lives of neglect, I am deeply touched to now see them beginning a new, happy chapter of their lives."

The Humane Society of the United States worked with the Logan County Sherriff's Office to investigate this puppy mill and build a case. The HSUS acted as the lead animal welfare agency, calling in United Animal Nations, the Humane Society of Missouri, PetSmart Charities®, Fayetteville Animal Services and Little Rock Animal Services for assistance. All organizations involved are now working with local and national volunteers to care for these animals at a nearby emergency shelter.

Today 30 of the animals were moved to The Humane Society of Missouri where they will be evaluated and placed up for adoption. All 29 horses were also transported to a nearby equine sanctuary. The remaining dogs will be transported over the next few days to humane organizations from Texas to Colorado where they will begin the social rehabilitation necessary to ready them for their new lives as family pets.

The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Logan County Sheriff's Office for taking steps to enforce the law and save these animals from future cruelty.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.

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