Poodle Finally Sees Daylight After Being Locked In A Basement Her Entire Life

Puppy mills are well known for the terrible conditions they keep their animals in. It is not uncommon that these poor dogs are left alone to starve, and even suffer unthinkable abuse and neglect.

Subsequently, these animals do not understand how to properly interact with other dogs or humans.  Many of the animals used for breeding never experience life outside of their tiny cage.

Animal rescuers from the Humane Society of the United States discovered poodle pup B.B. living at a mill, she was starving and her cage was covered in waste. Her situation was so horrid that they had to intervene.

Animal rescuers around the world raid puppy mills to free neglected and abused animals from the confines of such horrific conditions. So, when rescuers from the Humane Society of the United States received a call about a mill in Charlotte, North Carolina, they thought they were prepared for what they would find.

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When the rescuers from HSUS first saw B.B., a poodle housed in a tiny cage in the basement of that mill, it was clear that she had suffered years of abuse. Her entire cage covered in excrement, and there was no ventilation in the room.

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B.B. was in such bad shape that it was hard even to estimate her age. Upon closer inspection, they realized she had been subjected to repeated breeding and nursing during her lifetime.

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The rescuers suspected that she spent her entire life inside an extremely small, filthy, and cramped dog cage. When they first tried to remove her from the cage, she was a bit skittish, as is expected with puppy mill dogs.

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“She was very tiny, and she looked like this helpless creature,” Animal crimes manager at HSUS Jessica Lauginiger said in an interview. “I put my hand up to the cage, and she’d come up and sniff a little bit. She was very hesitant for human attention, but she wanted it.”

After awhile, B.B. warmed up enough to Jessica so she could remove her from the cage. “I remember how tiny and frail she was in my hands,” Jessica said. “I pulled her close to my body, and she leaned into me.”

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