In the heartbreaking reality of puppy mills, a two-year-old Beagle identified as #75 by a tag tied around her neck with a rope, was rescued on Saturday from an auction in Missouri by Lil’ Rascals Refuge. Of the 100 worst breeders identified by the Humane Society in its “Horrible Hundred 2015” report, 23 were based in Missouri.
Meet Lucy … her rescuers, 19-year-old Alyssa Rycerz, and her 17-year-old sister Brandy shared on the organization’s Facebook page the dog’s state of mind:
“So let’s ask her, shall we?? Hey #75, what is it like to be so terrified, so hurt, so horribly scared you tremble in fear, sitting in your own urine? So scared and ashamed you bury your head, in fear? in shame? At only 2 years old, what is it be like to be so afraid to be touched, when someone touches you, poop leaks out of your behind. This and more is what #75 is going through today.”
Watch Lucy’s first encounter with humans again:
Welcome #75. Please know that we feel your pain, we know your betrayal and we will love you every minute from here on out, the rest of your days. Please don't feel this way. Please don't be sad and scared. We are all here for you, our precious Angel. We have you now.
Posted by Lil' Rascals Refuge Inc. on Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Lucy spent her first day and her first night in foster care shivering in the corner. She ate when no one was looking. The next morning she continued to cower in fear; imagine any dog feeling man’s betrayal 24/7 in a cage kept exclusively to be bred and when no longer needed either sold to another breeder or killed.
On Tuesday, Lucy’s number was removed, her overgrown nails were trimmed, and she was carefully and gently bathed; her face visibly scarred by her tears. Anytime anyone comes near her, Lucy thinks she is going to be touched and tries to cower further into the corner. The furrows on her forehead reflect her fear and confusion. Lucy’s life has changed; although it might take weeks, months or even years to rehabilitate this sweet dog, she will never suffer again.
Two more Beagles were saved that day, and have been successfully transferred to safety. This particular puppy mill is now out of business; how many more dogs just like Lucy still are suffering?