Ruggles was 2 days old and weighed barely a tenth of a pound when he came to us. He was a shih tzu puppy, born in a cage in the woods. He, his two siblings and his mom were part of a major puppy mill case last summer—357 dogs were transported to the Cherokee County Animal Shelter. He was severely dehydrated, underweight and struggling to survive. No one was sure he would make it through those first few days of life.