Abused Poodle Rescued From Puppy Mill Makes Stunning Recovery
BB is a petite poodle that has spent majority of her life in dire living conditions in a small crate kept in a dark basement with no sunlight at all. She herself was a product of a puppy mill in North Carolina and, together with 150 other dogs in captivity, has never seen the light of day or played on the grass since she was born. When she was old enough to reproduce, she was used as a breeding machine and had had a number of litters of puppies.
But thanks to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and local law enforcement, BB and the rest of her fellow victims have been rescued from grim fate.
HSUS Animal Crimes Manager Jessica Lauginiger looked back on her first meeting with BB: “She was so tiny, and she looked like this helpless creature. I put my hand up to the cage and she would come up and sniff a bit but she was very hesitant for human attention, but she wanted it.”
The poor animals were then transferred from the puppy mill to the Cabarrus Animal Hospital in Kannapolis. That was when BB finally found a forever home with Brenda Tortoreo, who recalled: “She looked pitiful. She was scared to death… And I said, ‘That’s the one I’m going to take home.’”
Tortoreo shared: “She never knew what sun or grass was, and she was terrified of it. When I put BB down on the floor, she kept going in circles — not running, but walking because I guess that’s all she knew.”
Today, BB’s situation has turned around for the better according to her delighted owner, who further shared: “She runs around the house and she eats like crazy. She loves the grass now, and she loves playing with the other dogs in the backyard. She was originally 3 and a half pounds but I think she’s about 10 pounds now.
Tortoreo also happily revealed: “About three weeks ago she started licking me and she’d never done that before, she’s really come out of her shell. She’s my little princess.”
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