PHOENIX - A Valley dog rescue group said it helped save eight puppies from a puppy mill in the West Valley Wednesday.
One of the dogs was in such bad condition she had to have a blood transfusion after ticks sucked so much blood from her they nearly killed her.
Another dog has an overgrown tumor on her stomach.
“Her tumor is a mammary type tumor from not being spayed and being continuously bred that has grown so big it's started to open up. It’s about the size of a cantaloupe,” said Angi Hopson, founder of the Arizona Small Dog Rescue Group.
All of the dogs were covered in ticks.
“We're talking thousands of ticks on one dog,” said Dr. Katie Andre, a vet at Bethany Animal Clinic .
The owner of the dogs has not been arrested or charged.
“They have been reported," said Hopson. "There is an investigation started. It is a slow moving process."
Meanwhile, Hopson said all of the dogs have infections and will need medical care.
If you would like to help out, you can donate directly to Bethany Animal Clinic , care of the Arizona Small Dog Rescue Group.
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