LOUISVILLE, Ky. (PRESS RELEASE) -- The Kentucky Humane Society is receiving 55 dogs seized from a puppy mill in Morehead, Ky.
In early March the puppy mill operator, Patricia Blevins, pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and one count of kennel violation. She forfeited ownership of 136 dogs to the ASPCA®, which will transport 55 of the dogs to KHS on Monday.
The dogs that the KHS will receive include Bichon Frises, Chinese Cresteds, Daschunds, Miniature Pinchers, Papillons, West Highland Terriers and other small breeds.
The dogs will be available to adopt at the nine KHS adoption locations in the Louisville area after they go through health and behavior assessments and spay/neuter surgeries. The dogs range in age from five months to 10 years. Photos and descriptions of the dogs will be added to the KHS web site when they are ready for adoption.
"The Kentucky Humane Society is thrilled to adopt these dogs into homes where they will have normal, happy lives and know the joy of being cherished family members," Lori Redmon, KHS president and
CEO, said. "Every companion animal deserves to be loved."
The ASPCA said they appreciate that Kentucky officials are showing that animal cruelty will not be tolerated.
"Kentucky is widely known as one of the worst puppy mill states in the country, and we appreciate the local officials for seeing this case through to the end and setting an example that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in the community," said Kathryn Destreza, director of Investigations for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team. "The ASPCA has managed the sheltering of the animals for more than five months, and we're pleased to see that these dogs are getting a second chance and on their way to finding permanent homes through the receiving rescue groups."