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Harley and Teddy are two canines with a cause they both were rescued from puppy mills and they have made it their mission to rescue other dogs from lives of misery in breeding facilities.

This week, in another Harley to the Rescue trip with National Mill Dog Rescue, they are helping dozens of dogs who have spent years in puppy breeding facilities in the Midwest.

The dogs will be taken to NMDR's facility near Colorado Springs.

Post by National Mill Dog Rescue.

Harley, a 13-year-old Chihuahua and an iconic figure in the world of puppy mill awareness through social media, spent 10 years as a commercial breeder in a puppy mill. His one-eyed, grizzled image is immediately recognizable. Harley's mum says he lost an eye being power washed at the puppy mill.

NMDR says 'Harley to the Rescue' started out as a campaign to raise the $2,500 needed to fund one rescue of approximately 25-30 dogs. To date, these two dogs have raised over $150,000 to rescue 265 dogs from the horrific conditions in puppy mills.

Harley s friend Teddy is with him on the rescue mission. Teddy lived his first 7 years in a puppy mill and was rescued from his cage a year ago. As Harley's Team Driver, Teddy uses his Facebook page with 18,000+ followers to spread puppy mill awareness and share his experiences of learning about life outside the cage.

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, says Michele Burchfield of National Mill Dog Rescue.

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 thousands of dogs from puppy mills over the past 7 years. They operate on donations. You can help by making a donation on their Harley to the Rescue page on

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Harley on Facebook

Teddy on Facebook

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