Update: Over 100 Pugs Rescued From Illegal Puppy Mill Up For Adoption

Written by: Dina Fantegrossi

November 23, 2015

Update 1:09 pm, 12/7/15

Last month, we showed you a video of a suspected Pug puppy mill in Tonopah, AZ and the 126 Pugs (and three French Bulldogs) who were rescued by police officers. The dogs are not yet available for adoption – they will be as soon as they’re given medical clearance – but Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s MASH Unit is accepting adoption applications for them.

More than 100 pugs were rescued from an illegal puppy mill in Tonopah last month and now, these pups need a new home! Watch the video to find out how you can bring one home for the holidays!

Posted by FOX 10 Phoenix on Monday, December 7, 2015

If you’re interested in adopting these dogs and you live in the state of Arizona, fill out the Cat/Dog Adoption Contact and the Cat/Dog Adoption Questionnaire (both can be found here) and mail them to the Mash Unit no later than December 21st, 2015:

201 S. 4th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003

If you aren’t able to adopt these specific pugs, don’t worry! There are many, many adoptable pugs – and other dogs! – all across the country. Check your local PetFinder for more information.

***Original Story***

Maricopa County Sheriff’s officers rescued 126 pugs last week from what appeared to be a puppy mill run out of someone’s home. The footage of the rescue was caught via one of the officer’s body cameras. Also removed from the property were three French Bulldogs. All 129 dogs have since been transferred to MCSO’s MASH (Maricopa Animal Safe Haven) Unit and are being cared for by veterinarians.


MCSO is treating the case as an animal cruelty/puppy mill situation, although the owners deny that they were breeding and selling the dogs. After thorough veterinary check-ups, MCSO will determine which charges the owners will face.


On the bright side, the organization intends to rehabilitate and re-home all of the dogs once they are healthy. They even plan to adopt some of them out to an organization that trains service dogs for veterans suffering from PTSD.

Some of the dogs may be ready for adoption as early as next week. If interested, please call MASH at 602-876-1212.

RAW VIDEO: This body cam footage from a Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy shows an alleged puppy mill in Tonopah where 128 dogs were living in deplorable conditions. The pups will be cleaned, treated for any illnesses and eventually put up for adoption.Read the full story here:

Posted by FOX 10 Phoenix on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

H/t to Fox 10 Phoenix

Featured Image via Officer Chris Hegstrom

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Written by: Dina Fantegrossi

November 23, 2015

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