Five dogs rescued from puppy mill now in Centre County

State College, Centre County, Pa. - Five dogs are getting a second chance at life after being rescued from a nearby puppy mill. 

Volunteers at Centre County PAWS in State College rescued the dogs on Saturday, April 1 near the Harrisburg area. 

This is the first time the organization has taken part in a puppy mill rescue operation. 

Centre County PAWS usually takes part in transports from kill shelters in South Carolina, as well as backyard breeding in Centre County. 

"I know if they didn't get transported up here, they would be dead," Donna Clapper, a volunteer said. 

Volunteers said the dogs arrived in 'deplorable' conditions, covered in waste, urine, and long hair. 

They wasted no time providing food, grooming, and shots to nurse them back to health. 

Finding a forever home hasn't been hard for the five dogs, according to director of operations Lisa Bahr. 

In about 48 hours, residents expressed interested in adoption. 

"They just need someone patient, whose willing to work with them slowly and understand the background that they came from," Bahr said. 

As of Tuesday, April 4, one more dog is still available for adoption. 

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates about 10,000 puppy mills in the country. 

 


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