In December 2013, Dee with Suncoast Keeshond Rescue heard of an upstate New York puppy mill who wanted to give up their breeding business. This puppy mill had one hundred and one dogs living in horrible conditions year around, outdoors, in a chain link enclosure, with only a tarp for shelter. Francis, a young Keeshond of less than a year, was housed in a pen with over forty other dogs. She was given inadequate food, had no room for exercise and received minimal veterinary care. Because Francis had a weakened body due to mange, infections and a heart murmur, she had been attacked repeatedly by the other dogs. Once taken into the care of Suncoast Keeshond Rescue, Francis began to thrive. As her health began to improve, Francis went from a scared and shy puppy to a tail wagging, energetic, playful soul. Other dogs in the rescue came to visit Francis while she healed in the medical clinic and taught her how to play with toys and be social. Francis has completely recovered and her heart murmur has gone away. Renamed Sapphire and officially adopted into a home with another dog to play with, she will live out the rest of her days happy, healthy and loved. Sapphire is one of one hundred and one Keeshond dogs rescued from the now closed down puppy mill. The Ian Somerhalder Foundation is proud to have been a part of Sapphires success by granting her a Medical Emergency Grant to help pay for her recovery.