This summer more than 130 dogs and puppies were rescued from filthy, inhumane conditions at a northern Minnesota breeding facility. But they are still waiting for a verdict on their future.
Eight weeks ago, the dogs were suffering in sweltering heat with little shade and no clean water, eating moldy food and living in muck and manure.
Today they are safe and comfortable in local Animal Humane Society shelters like the Golden Valley Humane Society and receive veterinary care along with the love and attention of staff and volunteers as everyone awaits a court decision that will either send them back to the breeding facility or to new beginnings.
The Animal Humane Society reports that the care comes at much cost as along with the 133 dogs and puppies that were rescued an additional 70 have been born to those dogs since July. Cost of care has topped $135,000.
The Society reports that as the court considers the fate of the dogs, its staff and volunteers spend hundreds of hours every week helping them recover from the what they endured in Pine River. Many of the dogs continue to face medical issues, and some will need long-term help from the Humane Society's adoption preparation team and trusted rescue partners.
To find out more visit the Golden Valley Humane Society.
(Information provided by an Animal Humane Society press release.)