PRLog - Sep. 17, 2012 - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- She lived five days in freedom. Born in the squalor of a Kansas puppy mill five years ago, this female Keeshond had her back feet and tail chewed off by her mother while she was still a puppy. Considered damaged goods and not saleable to the pet stores, she was rescued from the puppy mill by National Mill Dog Rescue out of Peyton, CO. Five short days into freedom from the puppy mill, Ziva tragically died of severe heartworm disease.
Timid, scared, filthy, and walking only on her front legs, during her few days of freedom she was bathed, treated gently and loved greatly. No longer just a number, she was named Ziva, reflecting the brightness and fighting spirit she exhibited. Her spirit and story greatly inspired all who met her, and thousands who never had the chance.
Death from a preventable disease that is horrifyingly common in puppy mills. Ziva lived in freedom just long enough for the light to come into her eyes and for her to share her story. Five short days… but that is five more days than thousands upon thousands of dogs surviving in the horrible conditions of wire cages and pens at puppy mills throughout the country will ever know. Seven of the eleven dogs rescued from this breeder also tested positive for Heartworm Disease. Ziva, however, died with a name, with love, and in freedom.
This short video, 5 Days of Freedom, was produced for National Mill Dog Rescue by Jenesis Productions, tells the story of Ziva.
For more details about Ziva, please read ‘A Tribute to Ziva’ –
National Mill Dog Rescue is honored to be among the charitable organizations included in the 2012 Chase Community Giving Campaign. A vote from you is a vote for the dogs.