DENVER (CBS4)– More than 160 malnourished Malamutes are ready to find their new homes after they were rescued from a puppy mill in Montana.

Nine of those dogs are living at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley.

These dogs have been rescued from horrendous conditions and are ready to move on.

Richard is a snow dog and is enjoying the sunny and snowy Colorado days. The Alaskan Malamute has come a long way since he was rescued.

“Just emaciated, malnourished, living in their own feces,” said Humane Society of Boulder Valley spokeswoman Lisa Pedersen.

Richard had been living in Montana at a puppy mill that authorities raided in the fall of 2011. More than 160 Malamutes were seized from deplorable conditions.

They had been crowded in small cages and some had diseases. There were puppies living there and 18 dogs were pregnant.

In December, the owner was sentenced to five year in jail for 91 counts of animal cruelty.

Since then the dogs have been rehabilitated and prepared for adoption.

“It’s always amazing how resilient these animals are,” said Pedersen. “They just need a little bit of time and some socialization.”

The beautiful sled dogs have survived a cruel past and now they need an active, affectionate family for the future.

Those interested in adopting a Malamute can contact the Humane Society of Boulder Valley at 2323 55th Street in Boulder, 303-442-4030.



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