PEYTON, Colo. - There's no arguing National Mill Dog Rescue has saved thousands of dogs from horrific conditions, but now they've run afoul of state regulators.
We first brought you this story when both the state departments of agriculture and regulatory agencies were in the middle of their investigation, but now the Department of Agriculture has fined NMDR $15,000 in fines after concluding their investigation.
A report states that founder and CEO Theresa Strader "admits there is a factual basis for the Department's June 24th, 2019 Notice of Disciplinary Proceedings."
The document lists 15 separate examples of violations found by investigators. They include:
- Seven cases of transferring dogs to their facility from outside the state without obtaining or maintaining the requisite certificate of veterinary inspection.
- Three cases of failing to produce medical treatment records for a dog that received medical treatment in their care.
- One case of not separating a female dog from males which led to the rescue getting pregnant, something that happened before in 2017.
We reached out to NMDR for comment on the charges, and they sent us the following statement:
"National Mill Dog Rescue has never, and will never waiver from our mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming discarded breeding dogs. In addition, National Mill Dog Rescue is proud of our history of near-flawless USDA and PACFA inspection results and the exemplary care we have provided for over 14,000 dogs over the past 12 years. National Mill Dog Rescue also remains committed to working closely with all Federal and state regulating authorities to ensure we continue to be in compliance with all laws, statutes, and regulations. Finally, as always, for anyone who wishes to visit our facility, meet our dogs, and see our work firsthand, our doors are open every day of the year from 12-4 p.m."
Now for the next year, they will have to undergo random state inspections. If they fail just once, they will have to give up their PACFA license.
There is still another investigation involving National Mill Dog Rescue by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. That one alleges Strader has been practicing veterinary medicine without a license and falsifying rabies vaccine documents.