WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) --- Seventy dogs from two puppy mills in Missouri are looking for homes in our area.
Thirteen of the dogs landed at the Washington Animal Rescue League. Some arrived with tails wagging, while others sat timidly in their cages.
Missouri is known as the nation's puppy mill capital. Last November, citizens voted for more humane treatment within the puppy mills. Proposition B required puppy mills to provide daily food, exercise and access medical care. As a result, some of those mills have decided to close down.
"They made the humane choice which we applaud to ultimately surrender their dogs," says Melanie Kahn of the Humane Society of the United States.
Some of these dogs may ready for new homes next week.
Call 202-726-2556 for the Washington Animal Rescue League.
"Very cute! They're in better shape than I had feared. Hopefully, we'll get these guys into really good homes really quickly," says Jim Monsma of The Washington Animal Rescue League.
The longer the dog has been in a cage, the less social the dog may act.
"If you show them that you love them and that you care about them, eventually, they'll open up," says Bianca Williford, a visitor at the shelter who has an adopted pet.
The rest of the 70 dogs are being put up for adoption in Anne Arundel County, Norfolk, and Richmond.
Written by Elizabeth Jia
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