LURAY, Va. (NewsChannel 8) - More than 100 dogs rescued from a Luray puppy mill are looking for new homes.
After receiving a tip of alleged neglect, the Animal Rescue Corps launched "Operation Liberty Dogs'' over the Fourth of July weekend.
When the Page County Sheriff's Office served a warrant on the property, volunteers found 132 dogs and four birds living in small, dilapidated crates and pens encrusted in urine and piles of feces.
"Boomer," "Cowboy" and "Fiona" are considered the lucky ones. Their foster mom is a volunteer with Mutts Matter, a Rockville-based animal rescue group and one of several partner organizations rehabilitating and finding the animals permanent homes.
"These dogs came in and they had never seen compassion before," said Kristin Lamoureaux.
"These animals were living in their own feces and urine with high levels of ammonia. They had eye issues, respiratory issues," added Scotlund Haisley, the founder of Animal Rescue Corps.
All three of Lamoureaux's foster dogs are ready for adoption and many more are waiting to take their place. Haisley says nearly 4 million dogs are produced in puppy mills every year and nearly that same number of dogs are put to death in shelters.
"Seeing the dogs rest their head on a bed for the first time, seeing them eat clean food, seeing them nuzzle upthat breakthrough moment when they realize you're not gonna hurt themit's incredibly gratifying," added Lamoureaux.
Anyone interested in adopting the dogs rescued from this puppy mill can visit www.animalrescuecorps.org.