The Dane County Humane Society has been named one of the top 10 emergency placement shelters in the U.S. for caring and finding homes for dogs rescued in 2012 from a Wisconsin puppy mill.

The Humane Society of the United States announced the top 10 shelters in a news release on Tuesday.

Emergency placement shelters are local animal agencies that work with the national Humance Society to provide ongoing care and find permanent homes for animals saved during large-scale rescue missions. There are more than 200 placement partners nationwide.

"We are thrilled to recognize the Dane County Humane Society for its enthusiasm and dedication to helping, when animals are in need," said Michelle Cascio, manager of the emergency placement program for the HSUS.

The Dane County Humane Society was recognized for helping HSUS in rescuing Labrador retrievers from a puppy mill.

"The Dane County Humane Society served as a central location in the rescue operation and worked with other shelters in the Wisconsin Federation of Humane Societies to find homes for all the rescued dogs," the HSUS said.

The local shelter was the only one to be honored from Wisconsin. Others in the top 10 included shelters in Massachusetts, Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and two in North Carolina.

Bill Novak is a reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.

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Kudos to Dane County Humane Society! HSUS gave them an award, which is nice but how many animals will the award feed? HSUS has multi millions of which it gives 1% to local shelters. If you can donate give directly to your local shelter- they really do need it.

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