JACKSON COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) -- The beginning of this month, scores of German shepherds were rescued from a puppy mill in Georgia. A handful of the dogs came to two humane societies in our mountains. Now, at month's end, just about all of them have found loving, adoptive homes.
For the last month, Stella and Piper have called the Cashiers Highlands Humane Society home.
“In a matter of four weeks, we go from heartbreak to heartwarming,” director David Stroud said.
Stroud said his organization is one of several that rescued 165 German shepherds from extreme neglect in a Georgia puppy mill, whose owner is facing felony animal abuse charges.
“We hope that the book is thrown at the person because the conditions with which we found these dogs were just nothing short of horrific,” Stroud said.
Four shepherds came to Cashiers. After recovery and a lot of tender loving care, two dogs -- Diana and Luca -- have already been adopted.
Stella is spoken for, and Piper is ready for her new mom and dad to come get her.
Kaitlyn Moss, with the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, said, “All the dogs that she has had previously have all been rescues.”
“For the first time in their life, they get to be a dog now,” Stroud said.
Dian and Ed Geoghegan were filled with emotion Thursday afternoon.
“I'm so excited, I really am. You're going to make me cry,” Dian said, taking Piper into her arms.
“Always a rescue dog, always somebody that needs you,” Ed said.
This is an addition to their family and a companion to their shepherd-mix at home.
“See how she and Sweet Pea will take care of each other,” Dian said. “I am going to keep the name Piper because I think that was original and I think she knows it.”
Piper will have 60 acres to run at the Geoghegan’s home in Bryson City.
Stella will be off to her new home in Orange Park, Florida, in two weeks.
Two other rescued dogs went to PAWS in Bryson City. Hans is adopted. Faith is still available.
To the Geoghegan's the treatment in Georgia is unthinkable.
Dian says, “I can’t believe people are like that...it's just sad to think of all those shepherdshow they've been treated. It's just not right, it's just not right. “
Together they’re practicing a canine“golden rule.”
“They love you unconditionally, we do the same,” says Ed.