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When you hear the phrase “hero dog,” you’re probably not picturing a pup that looks like Harley. Harley is a 14-year-old 6-pound chihuahua that is a puppy mill survivor, and as a result of having spent 10 years in a puppy mill, lives with a host of physical difficulties. As the Associated Press reports, “Harley has a diseased heart, rotted mouth, fused spine, broken tail, gnarled toes, deformed legs and a missing eye.” Harley and his owner, Rudi Taylor of Bethoud, Colorado are champions of puppy mill survivors, and together they’ve raised half a million dollars through their organization “Harley to the Rescue!” to save and care for over 500 puppy mill dogs in the last two years.