"Apparently, other rescuers have been dealing with this lady for years. People kept telling me they took dogs from her with the same condition," Beller said. "She created them like that knowing they would be that way. I've never seen a situation like this."
It's unclear how many dogs had been born with undeveloped front limbs, or if the breeder was doing so to sell them specifically. In any case, for Beller, this sad case exposes what detriments can result when irresponsible people decide to produce pets for profit.
"I don't like when people breed dogs, but if this happened just once, I'd have an easier time understanding it. But to breed litter after litter after litter with deformities? I think that's cruel."
Fortunately, when Beller came to collect the five dogs, she learned that the woman had ended her breeding operation voluntarily. It was just the beginning, however, for the pets who needed all the help they could get.