Rescued dogs get new leash on life

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BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Some of the dogs rescued from one of the largest suspected puppy mills on record began their new life Friday.

The Seattle Humane Society's Maxmobile rolled into Bellevue with 90 American Eskimos -- just a fraction of the nearly 400 dogs rescued from a suspected puppy mill near Kennewick.

Paula Munson is one of the first in line to be a foster mom.

"I think the dogs just really need somebody to show them that people are good," she said.

Munson recently lost a pet and desperately wants to help these dogs that have been through so much.

Deputies found 371 dogs living in shopping carts, wooden crates and makeshift kennels at home in Kennewick. Many were starving, and everything was caked in feces and soaked in urine.

The owner, Ella Stewart, now faces animal cruelty charges.

Back in Bellevue, volunteers filled water dishes and do all they can to make the animals comfortable.

Many dogs have medical problems and lack socialization.

"I think at first it was a little overwhelming-- really sad," said Katie Olson with the Seattle Humane Society. "But then also you get a real rush. You make a huge incredible difference."

Volunteers helped Munson get her dog ready to go.She'll bring this one back for a health exam and with a little luck, and a lot of love, the dog will be ready for adoption in a few weeks.

The dogs are safe, but that doesn't mean the job is done. The Humane Society needs volunteers and people willing to foster and adopt these dogs down the road.