LOVES PARK, Ill. (WIFR) -- Twenty-one Labrador Retrievers are on the road to recovery after being rescued from a retiring backyard breeder in Wisconsin.
Yuki and Bucky are two of those dogs. The pair have come a long way in the last month. They, along with 19 other dogs, are now looking for permanent homes after being rescued from a Wisconsin breeder. For the time being, they're staying with foster parents like Katie Wolff.
"I figured I'd just be washing the dogs and coming home," said Wolff. "I came home with little Bucky who was this shaking sweetheart and placed him on the rug. I could not leave him."
Bucky was understandably shaken when Wolff got him. That's because he and the other labs have been through some rough times.
"They were all housed outdoors," says Chris Wallen, a volunteer with Labrador Education and Rescue Network. "Either left to run for themselves or tethered with a bucket."
Chris Wallen has helped rescue over 50 dogs in the past three years from breeders. She says many of the dogs were hurt, some were pregnant and others had health problems because they were only give bread to eat.
"They need to be spayed or neutered," says Wallen. "Many of them have lung worms, whip worms and tick-borne diseases."
Wallen believes it may cost between $20,000 and $30,000 to get all 21 dogs healthy and into new homes. A price tag the volunteers believe is worth every penny for Yuki, Bucky and all the dogs rescued.
Right now the Labrador Education and Rescue Network says they have a total of 33 dogs available for adoption. For more information check the related links.