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35 dogs rescued from puppy mill arrive in Denver looking for homes

DENVER – The Denver Dumb Friends League received 35 dogs from puppy mills in the Midwest who are now looking for homes in Colorado.

“We are blessed that we have the resources and the space to help pets outside of our own community when the need arises,” said Bob Rohde, president and CEO of the Dumb Friends League. “In an urgent situation like this, it’s wonderful that animal welfare organizations here in Colorado come together to assist vulnerable pets like these puppy mill dogs.”

Volunteers picked up the dogs from puppy mills in Kansans and Missouri. The dogs brought to Denver include dachshunds, toy poodles, Havanese and Pomeranians among others, said spokesman Chris Gallegos.

“Chances are good that these dogs have had minimal human contact, never seen a flight of stairs and never been outdoors on a leash,” said Theresa Geary, vice president of operations for the Dumb Friends League. “That means a lot of time and resources will be needed to help these dogs become ready for adoption.”

The dogs are not immediately available, but the Dumb Friends League is asking for donations from the community to help pay for the shelter, behavior training and other services for these pets.