A tiny dachshund puppy with special needs was left waiting for months as dozens of other rescued dogs found their forever homes.
The special puppy was born with a spinal malformation that makes it nearly impossible for her to use her back legs, only days after a Westminster, Massachusetts puppy mill holding her mom was shut down for animal cruelty.
If Kenzi (who went by 'Billie' at the shelter) had been born while her mom was still being held in the cruel breeding operation, she might never have made it out.
Puppy mills are commercial breeding operations where puppies like Kenzi are bred purely for profit - in many, dogs start out their lives in filthy stacked cages before being sold in pet stores or online. Puppies with visible disabilities, like Kenzi, often don't make it out alive.
Luckily, Kenzi's mom was one of 71 dachshunds rescued from the puppy mill in January and brought to the MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, according to local news site MassLive.com.