PEYTON, Colo. - A big turnout in Peyton on Sunday afternoon to welcome home the National Mill Dog Rescue team. The group rescued its 10,000th dog, a Beagle newly named "Rose".
About 350 people lined JD Johnson Road to clap and cheer as the two rescue vans brought 53 dogs to freedom.
Theresa Strader, the founder and director of National Mill Dog Rescue, was emotional as she thanked the supporters who made this possible. Strader said, "All of this was for me, at one time, just an idea and a dream. We've saved 10,000 of those dogs and so many of you guys are just as much to thank as I am for it."
The crowd enjoyed cake and ice cream, and toured the facility.
National Mill Dog Rescue was founded in 2007 after Strader rescued Lily, a disfigured Italian Greyhound, from a dog auction in Missouri.