PEYTON, Colo. (KKTV) - More than 100 dogs just arrived in southern Colorado ready for a second chance. The dogs were rescued from commercial breeding facilities -- also known as "puppy mills" -- throughout the Midwest.
The National Mill Dog Rescue brought the dogs to a rescue facility in Peyton Friday. Saturday, each dog as evaluated, named, tested for heartworm disease, dewormed, and had any other medical needs addressed.
Theresa Strader, the founder of National Mill Dog Rescue, says the dogs came from several different breeders in five different states. Most have spent their entire lives in a cage producing puppies for pet stores.
"A commercial breeding dog, once it's not producing anymore, they just kill them," said Strader. "The bottom line is they have no future beyond that life if we don't step in."
National Mill Dog Rescue gets the dogs once the breeders surrender them. Strader says commercial breeding is legal, but she believes the standards need to be improved. The conditions the dogs live in ranges from good to horrific and everything in between.
"When you see that baby in the window, when you're playing with it and petting it, you know that puppy is its parent's worst enemy," said Strader.
Strader says each dog will become adoptable and hopefully become part of a family.
"These guys have a lot of life left in them and the truth is, the way I see it, it's our fellow man who put them in this position and we owe it to them as people who love dogs to give them a happy ending."
The National Mill Dog Rescue has rescued more than 13,200 dogs since 2007. You can find more information aout the organization and how you can adopt here.