More than 100 puppies who were kept in such wretched conditions that they were going deaf have been rescued, after a group of dog lovers raised more than $200,000 in just 11 days to save them.
The dogs were scheduled to be auctioned off to puppy millers who planned to breed the spaniels for profit. However, volunteers in Wheaton, Missouri, who call themselves “the Cav Ladies”, launched the “Operation Cavalier” and after collecting donations from 2,050 donors from across the world, they saved all 108 spaniels from falling into the hands of the breeders. “Operation Cavalier” organizer Angie Hubbard Ingram said:
Our group had to do something to help these dogs. At this point, we had all become emotionally invested with the welfare of these dogs and had to find a way to save them.
Mrs. Ingram and her daughter Kara, along with fellow dog lover Crys Carnes, from Inverness, California, formed groups to bid against the puppy millers on November 22, while PR specialist Amanda Ruisi raised the funds.
At the time, the dogs, who were infested with fleas and covered in their own waste, were crammed into cages and about to be auctioned off in Alabama.
1. More than 100 dogs were rescued from being auctioned off to breeders. Pictured, the spaniels at the puppy mill where many of them had gone blind and deaf from the poor conditions.
2. Crammed into cages, the puppies were found covered in fleas and in their own waste in Alabama.
3. But a group of dog lovers from Wheaton, Missouri, called ‘the Cav Ladies’, pictured, rescued them after raising $220,000 from donations.
4. After they were saved by the kind volunteers, the dogs were transported to a vet to be treated.
With just three hours left to the end of the auction, Mrs. Ingram had run out of money but would not give up. She said:
We made a pact before ever going to the auction that we would spend every dime and do everything within our power to leave no pup behind. When we ran out of money after purchasing 30 or so dogs, I was devastated.
We were in communication with all the volunteers and they put out a plea for money. Within thirty minutes, I was back in, bidding again and I had a minimum of $75,000 that had been dropped in to my PayPal account.
In all, the donations saved 96 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, seven Shiba Inu and two Cocker Spaniels, a Shih Tzu, a French Bulldog and one Yorkshire Terrier.
5. Almost 100 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels were saved.
6. Also saved were seven Shiba Inu, two Cocker Spaniels, a Shih Tzu, a French Bulldog and a Yorkshire Terrier.
7. Two of the rescuers pose with two Cavalier Spaniels, but more than a 100 of them were rescued in total.
8. A puppy gets a thorough cleaning and right.
9. A puppy is receiving a check-up from the vet.
10. After ‘the Cav ladies’ rescued them, the puppies, pictured at the vet, now need new homes.
Source: Bored Panda.
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