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Four-year-old English bulldog Regina has a true rags-to-riches story – from abused mill dog to pet celebrity – thanks to the team at National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR).
Regina was rescued from a puppy mill in December 2015 by NMDR and was spayed and given a full dental cleaning. National Mill Dog Rescue is a nonprofit located in Peyton whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome discarded breeding dogs and to educate the public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry.
Unfortunately, during her surgery, it was discovered Regina had been previously sutured with fishing line, which led to an infection. The bulldog was suffering great pain from this infection, in addition to mammary masses and bilateral hernias. Some of the masses were removed and one hernia repaired during her spay surgery, but she needed a second surgery to remove the remaining masses and repair the other hernia.
To help cover the cost of her surgeries, NMDR entered Regina in the PetMeds “Change a Pet’s Life” contest. NMDR’s supporters voted daily and Regina won the contest with 9,523 votes, freeing up to $2,000 for NMDR to use to help other dogs who need medical attention. National Mill Dog Rescue is profoundly grateful to its many supporters and donors who make it possible to care for these often medically fragile dogs.
Once Regina has recovered from her surgeries, she will be ready to find her forever home. A special “Healing Hearts Fund” has been established on milldogrescue.org to help with the veterinary care program.
National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) has saved more than 10,500 dogs from puppy mills since 2007. Many of those dogs have significant medical issues, in addition to needing spay and neuter surgery and usually dental surgery. Roughly 40 percent of donations to NMDR are used to cover veterinary costs for these dogs.