Delivered in a U-haul van that might as well have had angel wings, 32 poor, neglected dogs are finally getting a second chance.
"It is their very first little bit of love they've ever known in their life," said volunteer Darlean Weingarten.
Suncoast Animal League rescued the dogs from what's being called a puppy mill more than six hours away in the Panhandle. They're mostly adult poodle-mixes, both boys and girls, each with a story that would break your heart.
"They don't asked to be put in that situation, and bred over and over again. They have no comfort," Weingarten said.
It took an army of volunteers to intake them all. They're in such bad shape, they all had be shaved and none have ever had any medical care until now.
"It was just one of those situations, just one of those money-making situations that went bad," said Rick Chaboudy, executive director of the Suncoast Animal League.
Chaboudy has been working nearly 24 hours straight. This rescue comes right on the heels of another from Alabama where they took in 23 animals, but Chaboudy pushes through. This is a labor of love.
"You hear the term, ‘adopt don't shop.' What you're seeing here is the end result of a person buying a puppy from a pet store," Chaboudy said.
Fortunately, for these guys, that life is now in the past, and for the first time they can feel like man's best friend.
Chaboudy says the dogs will be placed in foster homes. The first of them could be ready for adoption in as early as a week; others may take a little longer.
For more information: http://www.suncoastanimalleague.org/
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