July 22, 2011
Teamwork by Humane Groups Pays Off for Nearly 90 Rescued Animals
Dogs trapped in misery on a rural North Carolina puppy mill have been spared and given care and a temporary home at the Norfolk SPCA. Eighty dogs, plus five cats and four rabbits, were rescued on Thursday near Hertford, N.C., after law enforcement officials called the Humane Society of the United States and asked for help.
In turn, volunteers from Susie’s Law, an animal protection organization, were enlisted to assist with animal handling. The Norfolk SPCA transported the animals to Virginia, where they are being given care and socialized prior to being offered for adoption. The teamwork involving local, regional and national animal welfare groups and local law enforcement officials underscores public intolerance for the mistreatment of animals.
“Thanks to the efforts of Norfolk SPCA and Susie’s Law, these rescued animals are now on their way to better lives,” said Laura Donahue, Virginia state director for The HSUS. “Caring for the medical ailments of these animals is going to be a huge undertaking, and the Norfolk SPCA needs a rally of public support to help these dogs.”
"We are committed to seeing that these animals receive the medical care, socialization and time they need to find the loving forever homes they so deserve," said Michelle Williams, director of Donor & Community Relations for Norfolk SPCA
The HSUS relies on dedicated Emergency Services Placement Partners to assist in dozens of rescue missions every year. These shelter partners extend the reach of our Animal Rescue Team in cases involving thousands of animals in need. The HSUS provides assistance when local organizations are in need.
See full details of the N.C. rescue here.
Photos from the rescue are available upon request.
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