Puppy mill dogs transferred to shelters

March 25, 2009 4:57:07 PM PDT
Some of the dogs rescued from an alleged Chicago puppy mill will soon be up for adoption.Cook County Sheriff's Police took 67 dogs into custody during a raid near 64th and Bell on the city's South Side Tuesday. They found the dogs crammed into cages that were stacked on top of each other. Watch RAW video of the raid from police

Many of the dogs did not have food or water. A 39-year-old woman, Demetria Newell, has been charged with 67 counts of animal cruelty in the case. Police said she bred the designer dogs in her home and sold them for about $500.

On Tuesday, more than 50 people hoping to adopt one of the dogs were in line at the Chicago Animal Control Facility on Western Avenue. Those dogs have since been transferred to animal shelters across the Chicagoland area: Animal Welfare League, Anti-Cruelty Society, Hinsdale Humane Society, PAWS, and Petropolis. (More information below)

Eighteen of those dogs- 12 adults and 6 puppies- were sent to PAWS Chicago, which is located in the Little Village community. They will go through complete medical exams before they're available for adoption.

"From my first cursory look, they are in remarkably good condition from what we expected," said Laura Hinze, PAWS operation manager.

One by one, the designer dogs- most of them Chihuahuas- were taken into exam rooms to be looked over by veterinary staff at PAWS. One of them, a male puppy, appears to have a number of medical problems, including an ear infection and mouth disease. The spots on his legs come from not sleeping on something soft.

"Unfortunately he does have a lot of disease in his mouth, a lot of tartar buildup? very common with this breed of dog if they're not kept up with good medical care. He has a few little spots on his feet that look like he may be lying on his legs a little bit and the hair has worn off," said Dr. Von Waldaw, veterinarian. "His knee caps don't sit in the right place and he'll need orthopedic surgery."

"We provide a full medical workup for all of the dogs we take into the adoption program," said Hinze.

The dogs located at PAWS Chicago in Little Village will eventually be transported to the adoption center on Clybourn.

Animal Welfare League
10305 Southwest Highway

Chicago Ridge, IL 60415



The Anti-Cruelty Society
157 W. Grand Ave.

Chicago, IL 60654

(312) 644-8338



Hinsdale Humane Society
22 N Elm St

Hinsdale, IL 60521

(630) 323-5630


Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS)
1997 N Clybourn Ave

Chicago, IL 60614

(773) 935-7297


503 S. Lakeside Ct.

Round Lake, Il 60073

(847) 201-6536


Adoption requirements for PAWS Chicago:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Valid ID
  • Verification pet is allowed in your residence
  • Be able to spend the time and resources necessary to provide the training, medical treatment and proper care for your pet.
  • Bring along all family members including any resident dogs or children for introduction
  • Understand the adoption fee is $205 for adult dogs and $225 for puppies (under 6 months). You will have four months from the date of the adoption to complete a basic obedience training class with your new puppy/dog. When you provide proof that yoru PAWS dog has completed a course, we will reimburse you $75 of the fee you submitted at the time of adoption.
  • Be able to take the animal home on the day of adoption
  • Have the time to spend up to an hour with an adoption counselor to discuss the responsibility of owning a pet and making it a lifetime commitment.
  • Adoption Requirements for Anti-Cruelty:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older for standard adoptions. 21 years of age for the Bully Buddy program. Seniors 60 and over qualify for the Pets for Seniors Program.
  • Must have valid ID with current address
  • Must provide landlord's name and phone number (or copy of current lease)
  • All members of the household should be present
  • You must understand that The Anti-Cruelty Society must approve your adoption application
  • Our adoption fee is $55 for all animals (except Bully Buddies): dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens.
  • Our adoption fee for Bully Buddies is $125 (INCLUDES 8 week class in our School of Dog Training, part of the Pit Package!)