More than 70 rescue dogs got a fresh start on life Wednesday when they were taken in by the North Shore Animal League.
The dogs were rescued from puppy mills in Oklahoma and Missouri. Shelter Director Sylvia Ottaka said that for most of the pups "this is their first brush with humans who really care."
She said the puppy mill dogs were kept "in small cages and (people) just continue to breed them, breed them. And that's the life of these animals, so yes, they are like products."
The dogs, including Pomeranians, labs, chihuahuas and mixes are getting grooming and medical care. According to employees at the shelter, most puppy mill dogs arrive malnourished and scared.
The North Shore Animal League said once the dogs are back in good health, most in this group will be up for adoption starting July 21.