Puppy mills are still a massive issue here in America. But now, one pup has luckily been given a second chance at life, and even went on to win the World's Cutest Rescue Dog...
The pictures are heart-melting, and the reason behind her unusual name is even cuter.
Is there anything better than a dog?
They are truly man's best pals.
Sadly, so many pooches are lost, abandoned or dumped - being left to fend for themselves.
Many animal shelters are simply overflowing...
via: Getty ImagesAnd, according to statistics from the Humane Society, 6 to 8 million cats and dogs enter shelters here in the U.S. each year.
But these animal shelters aren't always the safest places for these animals.
via: Getty ImagesMillions of these animals are euthanized every year due to the lack of space and people interested in adopting.
It's a devastating reality of animal homelessness.
via: Getty ImagesAnd statistics show that, out of the 3 million cats and dogs euthanized in shelters every year, around 2.4 million are actually healthy, and would have been fit for adoption with a new owner.
It's unthinkable why anyone would be so cruel to an animal.
via: Getty ImagesSo many dogs are abused, abandoned, and neglected.
One rescue dog has made headlines this week.
via: Getty ImagesAnd his story will melt even the coldest of hearts.
Meet Lamb Chop!
via: InstagramThis puppy is the winner of the world's cutest dog contest, but it hasn't always been easy for this little doggo.
Christin Schubert will never forget the first time she laid eyes on Lamb Chop...
After the death of her beloved rescue cat Seven...Schubert had hopes of forming a special connection with a pet in need of a home at the Washington County Humane Society.
Although she hadn't initially planned to get a dog...
via: Facebook″I hadn’t planned on getting a dog,″ admits the forty-one-year-old, who works in IT for Harley Davidson, ″but she was so small. She struck my heart."
Lamb Chop has also gone on to steal the hearts of voters for the third annual World’s Cutest Rescue Dog Contest.
via: InstagramAnd she easily blew the other 10,000 contestants out of the water, to take first place in the competition.
She also received a year’s supply of dog food, $1,000 to donate to the animal rescue of her choice , and an appearance on Good Morning America...
via: FacebookAs well as sharing her story to hopefully help other animals in her position.
2.4 million dogs are sold here in America each year...
via: GettyLamb Chop started out life in a puppy mill, where she stayed for more than 6 years, used by illegal breeders to give birth to litter after litter.
″When she was rescued, local vets had to remove all of her teeth because they were rotten,″ Schubert said.
via: FacebookIt was clear that Lamb Chop hadn't been properly cared for, and as a result of medical neglect, the tiny pup also suffered from cauliflower ear as well as needing several tumors removed.
Luckily for Schubert, the medical expenses were covered by the Washington County Humane Society.″I couldn't bring her home right away, because she had to have all of those surgeries, and Washington County used a significant portion of their medical fund to take care of her,″ Schubert says. ″I am really thankful for that. They are a small, little shelter that I think does really great work with animals."
When Lamb Chop was first brought home she was scared of people and didn't know how to behave like other dogs. Thanks to Schubert, that's all changed...
via: Facebook″I can go grocery shopping and come home, and she’s just sitting there happy and waiting, unlike when I first would leave her,″ says Schubert, who enrolled Lamb Chop in "shy dog classes" to help her build her confidence.
Today they work with a nonprofit called Bailing Out Benji, which teaches people how important it is to adopt instead of shop. And works on exposing puppy mills...
via: Facebook″We always say that in order for puppy mills to close, the public needs to stop funding them through their purchases,″ says Schubert.
Schubert and Lamb Chop even go to pet expos giving talks on pet shops and how they often work with puppy mills behind the scenes.
via: FacebookSchubert says employees will often lie about where the dogs came from which is why it's so important to educate the public about what's really going on. ″Lamb Chop is a supercute face to an ugly industry,″ Schubert adds.
The only sign Lamb Chop was ever part of a puppy mill is her tongue that flops out playfully, due to her losing all her teeth.
via: FacebookSchubert says this is often what brings people over during her talks.
Schubert has even started an Instagram page for her...
Lamb Chop was named after ventriloquist Shari Lewis’s famous puppet, who was also missing teeth.
via: Getty″She is still shy, but we’re working on that, and I think with treats and people’s patience, she will be anybody’s best friend.″ Schubert said.
Schubert hopes Lamb Chop will help raise awareness of puppy mills.
via: Facebook″I always tell people that I think she is super brave and resilient, given what she has gone through,″ she says. ″She has an amazing joy for life."
It's amazing that Lamb Chop was given another chance at life...
via: InstagramIt just proves how important it is to adopt instead of shop! Keep scrolling for more adorable animal news, including the adorable connection one woman had with a stray dog...