A dear friend of mine, Natalie, forwarded me this information on a puppy mill raid in Kaufman, Texas. Her Grandma is a volunteer with Tzu Zoo Rescue. The rescue forwarded this information out asking for help. If you are in the DFW area and have some free time to spare they can use all the help that they can get. I mapped it from Fort Worth and it is about an hour and 10 minutes. Not far at all.
Email from Tzu Zoo Rescue:
I'm sure by now many of you have heard about the massive HSUS puppy mill raid in Kaufman, TX today. This was a most amazing effort that came together extremely quickly through a joint effort by HSUS, Petsmart Charities, and UAN.
After getting their inspectors there, the national heads of the HSUS and their puppy-mill team flew into Dallas yesterday, had rescue contacts working ahead to recruit vets and volunteers, served the warrant at the puppy mill just a couple of hours ago, and right now they are loading up SIX HUNDRED (600) small dogs of every breed you can think in buses and transporting them to the staging area.
Catharine, who you've heard about on these emails, has been out there all day with fellow rescuers and says the condition of these animals is just horrific, infuriating, and heartbreaking. There are 4 buildings full of dogs on the puppy mill property - every small breed you can imagine, including 1 day and 2 day old puppies in cages and dogs just roaming free all over the property - and they have literally just gotten the 1st building loaded up and are on their way to the staging area with them, so this will all be going well into the middle of the night tonight. There are Cavaliers, Chihuahuas, Lhasas, Maltese, every small breed you can think of. And there are still 350 more that must be loaded up and rescued today.
The staging area is the Kaufman County Fairground Rodeo Coral (HWY 34 and 175). This will be the staging area from now until the court hearing, which will hopefully officially transfer ownership of these dogs to rescue.
Rescuers have been out there since yesterday afternoon assembling 500 brand new kennels donated by Petsmart Charities, and they're there now helping with the rescue, transport, and logging in of each of the dogs. And they need HELP - with feeding, watering, walking, vetting, everything!
There is huge need for
1) vet techs today
2) vets and vet techs tomorrow
3) responsible volunteers around the clock.
If you have the evening free tonight, and would like to make good use of it, they ask that you please just show up there and volunteer yourself, they'll direct you.
If you have questions that really require answering, you can contact Leslie Engelmann (214-763-9468) or Kristina Bowman at (469) 682-8150 for more information. They are there in the midst of it, so if you don't get them, try again, it's obviously chaotic.
And this need for help will continue for the next few weeks, so if you can help any day this week or weekend, please e-mail your name, phone number, what days and/or hours you can help to dogshsccl@yahoo. com.
Note: this will be HOT and DIRTY and SMELLY and EMOTIONAL, so wimps need not apply! Tough, caring, motivated individuals are needed!
- Rebecca Poling, Dallas Animal Rescue Examiner <http://www.examiner .com/x-7641- Dallas-Animal- Rescue-Examiner~ y2009m8d11- It-begins- again--another- Texas-puppy- mill-bust- happening- now>
What has happened to these animals is wrong on so many levels - how awesome to have a part in showing them a new life!