An extraordinary rescue campaign called Operation Cavalier Rescue in the U.S. has led to the rescue of 108 lucky pups (most of them Cavalier King Charles Spaniels) from a puppy mill auction in Missouri.

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The dogs, many of which needed medical attention, will be distributed to foster homes, where they will receive the medical and psychological evaluations they need before being distributed to forever homes.

Read on for more information about this gripping story!

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A heartless breeder was attempting to sell all these poor dogs to puppy millers

Many were blind or deaf from infections and covered in fleas and their own waste

Operation Cavalier Rescue started raising money to buy them out from a breeders’ auction held on Nov. 22

The campaign raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from contributors all over the world

“Auctions are not a place for people who see dogs as pets,” according to the campaign’s organizers.

“Auctioneers rattle off a dog’s qualities to attract bidders, shouting things like ‘she’s pregnant, that’s money in the bank.'”

The volunteers’ goal was to leave no Cavalier behind, and they succeeded – all of the dogs were bought out

A couple of dogs were bought at the last moment, after already being loaded into a breeder’s truck

96 Cavaliers, 7 Shiba Inu, 2 Cocker Spaniels, 1 Shih Tzu, 1 French Bulldog and 1 Yorkshire Terrier were rescued for a total of 108 dogs

After medical and psychological evaluations, they will be distributed to animal shelters and rescues across the nation

Hopefully, they will all wind up in forever homes!