From the outside, the stunning home in New Hampshire looked like a mansion from the pages of a magazine. But inside, the large home was hiding a terrible secret: the owner was running a puppy mill inside. By definition, a “puppy mill” is a facility that breeds and sells dogs for profit, but the woman running this operation was not caring for the dogs in her home. There were a total of eighty-four Great Danes in the home, running loose or crammed into tiny cages. The floors of the home were covered in urine and feces and many of the dogs had paw and eye infections and were severely underweight. The dogs had no water and only random scraps on the dirty floors to eat.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) stepped in to save the dogs in 2017. Rescuers couldn’t believe the rancid, putrid smell inside that had so much ammonia their eyes were watering. Feces were smeared across every floor and wall and even made it so you couldn’t see out of the home’s windows. The Great Danes were all large, but clearly traumatized and broken by their situation. Most of the dogs were kept in cages, but two dogs lived in the owner’s bedroom, including one older dog named Wanda.
Wanda formed a special bond with one HSUS employee named Morgan. The pair instantly bonded, and though it took over 14 months for the HSUS to take full custody of the dogs, Morgan and Wanda spent all their time together. They were instantly bonded together and once she was cleared, Wanda went to live with Morgan and her husband and other dogs. Wanda has completely come out of her shell, gained weight and follows Morgan everywhere she goes. She’s sweet and calm and just loves having a warm, safe, and clean place to live now!