Meet Harley! This precious little Chihuahua spent the first 10 years of his life crammed into a small wire cage as a breeding male in a puppy mill. He somehow managed to survive the terrible living conditions so common in puppy mills…no bed, toys, clean water, or human affection. He survived, but not without some heartbreaking physical and emotional scars.
Harley’s health problems include heart disease, mouth rot, a fused spine and broken tail, malformed legs and feet, and a missing eye. Harley lost his eye when his cage was power washed with him inside of it…a tragically common puppy mill practice.
Harley was about to be put down by being drowned in a bucket when he was rescued by a mill employee. She took him home and began giving him much needed care. He went to the vet and got neutered and most of his teeth were removed. A thorough exam revealed his many health problems.
This fortunate little guy was eventually adopted by a new loving family. Although the vet didn’t think he’d make it, Harley is still going strong, nearly 4 years after his rescue.
Today, Harley is the spokes-dog for Harley to the Rescue, a campaign run by National Mill Dog Rescue. Harley travels around the country making public appearances to raise awareness and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills. Donations to Harley to the Rescue have saved nearly 600 puppy mill dogs to date.
Interested in saving puppy mill dogs like Harley? Check out the National Mill Dog Rescue website for information on adopting and fostering puppy mill dogs. You can also reach out to pet stores in your area that sell puppies sourced from puppy mills and encourage them to support homeless pet adoptions instead. Want more Harley? Check out his Facebook page!
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