The 2-year-old French bulldog needs a patient owner who can teach her how to be a normal dog

By Amy Jamieson
Updated March 01, 2012 08:30 PM

Home. Some cats and dogs never have one to call their own. We want to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary homeless pet every week. Today, we’d like you to meet Stella, one of 150 dogs recently rescued from a puppy mill in rural North Carolina.

The adorable 2-year-old French bulldog has spent all her life locked in a cage. “She was used to breed over, and over, and over,” says Darci Vandersilk, marketing manager for the SPCA of Wake County in Raleigh, N.C. “You can tell that she has had multiple litters before.”

The SPCA, a partner of the Humane Society of the United States, took in 14 of the dogs rescued in a raid of the Stokes County puppy mill last month, and is trying to find each of them a loving place to live out the rest of their lives. The owners of the facility are currently facing 27 charges of animal cruelty.

While many of the dogs are recovering from medical issues due to the neglect they suffered at the breeding facility, Stella’s health remained intact throughout her ordeal.

Over the past few weeks, Stella has been treated for mild dental tartar and dirty ears, and now the once-frightened little pooch is bubbly and ready to learn what life outside of a cage is like. “She came around quite quickly,” Vandersilk says. “We had her outside playing and she was running around, sniffing like a normal dog, jumping for attention.”

Stella, like the other dogs, will need a patient owner who can housetrain her. “Puppy mill dogs don’t know what it’s like to live in a normal home,” Vandersilk says. “What carpet feels like, where they need to go to the bathroom, they don’t know what stairs are.”

If you feel a connection with Stella, call the shelter at (919)772-2326 to find out how to fill out an application. Visit the shelter’s website to see 13 other puppy mill dogs that survived along with her. To learn more about puppy mills, visit the Humane Society’s website.

Click here to meet last week’s adoptable pet, Kanga.