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Dog rehab gives abused animals a new leash on life

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 01:29

July 22 - Abused dogs in the U.S. get a new leash on life after a one of a kind rehabilitation program. Elly Park reports.

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Alaskan Malamutes "Thunder" and "Avalon" seem playful just like any other pet dogs, but actually they were extremely fearful of human touch just a few months ago. Just like the dogs seen here they were rescued from a puppy mill, and were sent to St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey for a rehabilitation program. Kristen Collins heads the pilot project designed to help abused dogs. SOUNDBITE: Kristen Collins, Director of ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Rehabilitation, saying (English) "It's unique because it's the first ever facility dedicated specifically to the rehabilitation of fearful dogs from cruelty cases like puppy mill cases and hoarding cases." During the six to eight week program animals are exposed to everyday living situations such as a mock bedroom, and traffic sounds. During Zen Time, they even learn to relax by listening to classical music. And it's all with a purpose, says Collins. SOUNDBITE: Kristen Collins, Director of ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Rehabilitation, saying (English) "The other thing we are doing is gathering data as we prepare these dogs for adoption and as we try to decrease their fear. Our goal at the end is to be able to share our findings with animal welfare communities nationwide." And if all goes well, Thunder and Avalon will be among the first to lead the pack of countless of abused animals who will successfully become a man's best friend.

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Dog rehab gives abused animals a new leash on life

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 01:29