One of the region's leading puppy mill rescue groups got a well-deserved TV shout out.
In the piece that aired over the weekend, WPVI reporter Monica Malpass visits "A Tail to Tell," a Lancaster-based rescue that has taken in and adopted out hundreds of puppy mill survivors over the years. These are the dogs usually too old or too sick to breed and sometimes the older puppies that don't sell.
What the story didn't include was the "before" pictures of the puppy mill survivors. Dogs removed from these breeding kennels are often so matted you can't tell their breed. They have rotten teeth, untreated sores, eye infections and mammary tumors. That's not to mention the psychological damage from years of isolation and little human contact.
Rescues that specialize in rehabilitation of puppy mill dogs like A Tail to Tell and Main Line Animal Rescue invest enormous sums of money to address the health needs of these dogs. Veteran foster families, like Dena and Steve Neff who are featured in the piece, who open their homes and hearts to these needy pups are to be commended for their extraordinary work.