Remember the Pugs rescued last month from a Tonopah puppy mill? Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says some of them are still battling serious health problems. So he’s released 29 of them to the Arizona Pug Adoption and Rescue Network for some extra care. Organization President Terri

Wood says their new digs will be in volunteer homes, as the dogs embark on a lengthy road to acclimation in a normal environment.

Wood says pugs are typically bred for companionship. But she says, these puppies are unaccustomed to play, or living in a loving home. So it may take weeks, if not months for them to adjust emotionally to a more positive environment than the confines and squalor of a pet mill.

Wood says, eventually, all of the animals will be adopted out. The Pugs are among the 129 animals M-C-S-O seized after the dogs were found living in deplorable conditions. Arpaio says it’s only a matter of time before the couple who ran the puppy mill is arrested.

–Barbara Villa