Great Plains SPCA rescues 25 dogs from Marshall, Mo. puppy mill

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- It's been a very tough life for a group of dogs at a Marshall, Mo. puppy mill, but now they've been given a second chance.

From bone-chilling winters to summer scorchers, these dogs have spent their entire lives out in the elements.

Now, 25 of those dogs rescued from the puppy mill are at the Great Plains SPCA and foster homes getting some love and care, and hopefully soon, some forever homes.

Great Plains SPCA staff said tonight is the first day ever where the dogs will get a comfortable place to sleep inside.

It's fair to say they need a good bath, but over all, the dogs are in considerably good shape. SPCA staff said it's surprising given the conditions they were living in.

"Not what we would expect or want for pets to be living outdoors in pens with dirty, green water, very little food. It's very hot outside. Many of them are matted," Courtney Thomas with SPCA said.

Thomas said the Marshall, Mo. home was being checked out by the Division of Family Services when they discovered 40 dogs living at the home, including one-week-old puppies.

"When we arrived on scene, the newborn puppies and the mom were in a shed in a cardboard box, and that was a little concerning given the heat outside and just the overall environment that they were living in," Thomas said.

A group of volunteers went to the property and managed to rescue 25 of those dogs.

"We were told there were 40 dogs on the property. When we arrived today, there were only 25, so we're going to do a little bit more work and figure out where they remaining dogs have gone," Thomas said.

Thomas said for the most part, the dogs are social and will soon be able to move into their forever homes.

Staff said the dogs will be available for adoption as early as the middle of next week.

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