Thankfully, the nearly 300 dogs are now being housed in temporary care with plenty of food, water and medical treatment provided by the generosity of various donors and local businesses.
Of the "top ten puppy mill states," Arkansas is the only one without any regulations for commercial dog breeding, John Goodwin, the senior director of the puppy mills campaign at HSUS, told The Dodo. That's one reason the state is known as a "hotbed" for puppy mills, notorious for their harsh treatment of puppies and, especially, their mothers.
The owner of the mill has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty, and, if convicted, could be forced to pay a $1,000 fee in addition to serving up to a year in prison, according to Arkansas state law.
Many of the puppies were more than ready to leave.