Harley and Teddy - both rescued from puppy mills - helped save 81 other dogs from puppy mills in Missouri over the weekend.
In an amazing turn of events, Harley was able to save two of his own puppies. Harley Jr. and Zoie were rescued from the same puppy mill where Harley spent 10 years as a breeding dog.
The Harley to the Rescue trip with National Mill Dog Rescue was held over the weekend, but Harley's mom, Rudi Taylor, got word last week that some of the dogs would be killed if they didn't get there sooner. On that trip, 19 dogs were rescued - seven from Harley's breeder.
Over this past weekend, Wendi, Montana, Aysha, Baxter, Sally, Paisley and Samantha were among the dogs welcomed to freedom. They were able to play on green grass for the first time. (VIDEO BELOW)
Harley s friend Teddy joined him on the rescue mission. Teddy and best friend Gwinnie were adopted together by mom, Michele Burchfield of National Mill Dog Rescue. NMDR is a Colorado Springs based 501(c)(3) organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes discarded commercial breeding dogs from puppy mills.
Yes, it's legal for breeders to discard dogs that have outlived their purpose.
Michele says commercial dog breeding falls under the jurisdiction of the USDA. Although no standardized legal definition for puppy mill exists, a definition was established in Avenson v. Zegart in 1984 as a dog breeding operation in which the health of the dogs is disregarded in order to maintain a low overhead and maximize profits. The ASPCA uses a similar definition: a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.
NMDR says it's important for people who want to buy a purebred dog to see where the dog's parents live and under what conditions.
More and more pet stores doing away with puppy sales, instead featuring dogs and cats from rescue groups.
National Mill Dog Rescue has rescued more than 7,700 dogs from puppy mills over the past 6 years. They operate on donations. You can help by making a donation on their Harley to the Rescue page on YouCaring.com.