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June 25, 2009

Another Portuguese Water Dog Heads to Washington

Sought-After Breed Rescued from Pa. Puppy Mill

The Humane Society of the United States

Rescuers from The Humane Society of the United States found a young, female Portuguese Water Dog during the June 23 raid of a notorious Lehigh County, Pa. puppy mill. The dog, who was rescued from cramped, unsanitary conditions, will be transported to the nation's capital today by The HSUS.

"When President Obama brought Bo into the White House we were afraid that puppy mills across the country would begin to capitalize on this trendy breed," said Scotlund Haisley, senior director of Emergency Services for The HSUS. "This little girl, whom we have begun to call Liberty Bell, has led a much different life than the presidential dog. She is one of millions of dogs raised in horrendous conditions in puppy mills every year, and proves that no breed is immune from these cruel mass-breeding facilities."

Liberty Bell received her name because she has been liberated from a life of neglect, will make her home in the nation's capital and began her life in Pennsylvania – which is known as the "puppy mill capital of the East." She and the other 216 dogs rescued in Tuesday's raid on Almost Heaven Kennels have been placed with partner shelters and rescue groups throughout the region, and will soon be made available for adoption. Liberty Bell will arrive at the Gaithersburg, Md. office of The HSUS this afternoon, along with 50 other dogs rescued from this mill who will be taken in by local rescue groups.

The HSUS has broadcast-quality video and photos available from this puppy mill rescue for viewing and download by news media outlets here.

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