More than three dozen furry fluffballs in need are headed for Port Washington to find homes.
The North Shore Animal League America, the world's largest no-kill animal and rescue and adoption organization, saved the pooches from an inhumane puppy mill in Missouri and its transporting them to its headquarters in Long Island.
The dogs, mainly Shih Tzu’s and other small mixed breeds, are between one and 5 years old. They will be made available for adoption after they are medically and behaviorally evaluated by the Animal League.
The animals rescued come from commercial breeding facilities, otherwise known as puppy mills, which account for most animals sold at pet stores across the nation. The animals at these facilities are neglected and live in overcrowded, harsh and inhumane conditions, according to the Animal League. Animals that can not reproduce are often killed or sold at mill auctions for as little as .25 cents, the organization claims.
Commercial breeding facilities also contribute heavily to pet over-population each year in the United States nearly 4 million animals are euthanized due to homelessness.