In Page County, 132 dogs and four parrots are finding out what it's like to finally be treated with care and compassion after a life of misery in a puppy mill.
Members of the Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) from D.C. teamed up with the Page County Sheriff's Office to save the mistreated animals in a mission called “Operation Liberty Dogs.” When they arrived, ARC President Scotlund Haisley says they found “dogs that have never been to a groomer, never been to a veterinarian, never known a kind human touch.”
Some of the dogs were blinded, matted, and some even had broken bones.
“It's hard. It's hard and I think the hardest part is that the older guys who have the biggest problems, they've been living that way for a very long time,” said Dr. Kristan Gutowski, a veterinarian who’s helping the animals recover.
Haisley said, “It is a great privilege to be in a position to reach into that cage, look into that animal's eye who’s known nothing but pain and suffering and promise their suffering has ended today.”
Now the dogs and parrots are being treated and groomed, and getting a chance at a better life. All the groomers and the veterinarians are helping without pay, even though it will take several days to assess them and clean them up. Next, rescue groups across the country will come in to transport the animals for adoption since one county cannot handle that amount of pets.
As for the people who owned the dogs, the commonwealth's attorney has to decide whether to pursue legal action. NBC29 did go to their property, but they very emphatically asked us to leave.