We just had to intervene and bring these dogs into a safe haven, despite the enormous costs of long-term care for animals in terrible health.
When our rescue team arrived at the puppy mill Chilinski ran for years in Montana, what they found was "horrendous," as one of the members described it. Many dogs had visible scars, missing or damaged ears, wounds and infections. Many were extremely underweight and others showed signs of malnourishment. The dogs were immediately put under the care of the Lewis and Clark Humane Society, with The HSUS paying over $500,000 for their care.
Most of the dogs have since found good homes, and with Chilinski remaining in prison, as he should, this sad case has had a happy ending all around.
This case provides yet another judicial imprimatur for our push to establish core anti-cruelty standards at the state and federal level. At the federal level, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the federal law banning the sale of cruelty depictions was constitutional – a critical case just two months ago (Latham helped us with that case, too). And we've had two federal appellate courts uphold the federal anti-animal-fighting law, which The HSUS has worked to fortify several times within the last 12 years.