Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Pets Inc., is asking for your help adopting dogs from a puppy mill.
The Chesterfield Animal Shelter says an Upstate woman has been charged with animal neglect after 44 dogs were rescued from the mill.
While they are free to play now, Jane Brundage with Pets Inc says these dogs here have spent the past few months in rabbit cages inside a puppy mill.
"They were behind a woman's house.," said Brundage, Vice President of Pets Inc. "She was selling them online. She had been breeding puppies particularly for holidays."
Pets Inc has offered to assist the Chesterfield Animal Shelter in finding twelve of the 40 puppies a new home. The others will also get new temporary homes.
"Will be sent to foster homes where they will be rehabilitated," said Brundage.
The dozen up for adoption in the Midlands were in the process of getting pampered--food, shelter, and even a new haircut.
"We still have some serious grooming that needs to be done and some vet care obviously. Spayed and neutered. And we will have some social rehab to do."
Brundage urges anyone looking to purchase a new puppy to be careful from whom you buy it from.
"I would hope people think twice before they buy animals online, from a backyard breeder, or puppy mill that they are unfamiliar with."
The name of the woman charged with animal neglect has not been released. If you would like to adopt a dog you can head on over to PETS inc. You can find more information on their website at http://www.petsinc.org/