PEYTON, Colo. - National Mill Dog Rescue delivered 115 dogs to its headquarters in Peyton on Saturday after a three-day trip across the Midwest to various puppy mills.
On Sunday, volunteers gave the dogs much-needed veterinarian care and a grooming before they were photographed for adoption.
The rescue's team said they've spent years trying to rescue a cocker spaniel from one puppy mill. On this trip, the breeder released the dog to the rescue team.
"You just watched her (the dog) loose her personality over the years and we begged him to give her (the dog) up many many times. This time, he got out there and he had her in his arms. A couple of us got in the truck and we were crying," said rescue founder Theresa Strader.
The dog has been named Haven after a volunteer who lost his battle with cancer at the beginning of February.
"Josh would be very proud. He was so strong until the end. He loved to do this with us and we are happy to honor him in this was," said Strader.
Strader and Haven's widow Amber Sathre petted and calmed the cocker spaniel on Saturday. Sathre said the dog will help her heal.
"She has paid her dues. She definitely deserves to come out and have a nice comfortable bed and never have to worry about cages or puppies again," said Amber Sathre.
Haven, as well as the rest of the dogs rescued during this latest run, will be put up for adoption after the in-take process is complete.
National Mill Dog Rescue is planning a rescue in the coming months that will be dedicated in Josh Havens' name.