Martini's group has gotten some 300 dogs in this manner over the last five years - mainly from large-scale commercial breeders in Pennsylvania. These are breeders who, Martini says, often won't let rescuers simply take their unwanted dogs and put them up for adoption, not wanting to draw attention to the conditions of their kennels and of their industry.
"They fear they will be outed for cruelty and negligence in [their] standard of care," she says.
This time, the breeder was willing to give the dogs away for free. "Cecilia just says she will find homes for them to retire out but that is not the norm," says Martini.
DiPrima was able to take four female dogs - Lily, Tulip, Violet and Rose; a shih tzu, a bichon frise and two Yorkshire terriers, respectively - who'd "spent their lives just being bred. They lived in a wire enclosure," Martini says.