Puppy mills are horrible places where dogs are bred over and over while kept in dark, depressing, cramped conditions. Which is exactly how miniature poodle B.B. was found when a puppy mill was raided in North Carolina. She was brought into Cabarrus Animal Hospital, where receptionist Brenda Tortoreo first saw her. She was “very tiny” and looked like a “helpless creature.”

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“B.B. was in a corner. She looked pitiful. She was scared to death… And I said, “That’s the one I’m going to take home.”

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Even after B.B. went home, she had trouble adjusting to a world outside of a cage.

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“I put B.B. down on the floor, and she kept going in circles – not running, but walking.” I guess that’s all she knew to do.”

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And when she went outside, B.B. didn’t know what do with the grass – she’d never seen it before. With time and love, though, the little dog started to come out of her shell.

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“She runs around the house. She’s really come out of her shell. She’s my little princess.”

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And if that doesn’t make you feel all warm and fuzzy, I don’t know what will.

h/t: Bored Panda

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