Puppy Mills Flourish in Unexpected Setting

Some of you may know that my daughter is an active volunteer with an organization, National Milldog Rescue, that actively seeks to not only rescue and rehabilitate dogs who have been abused through the puppy mill system but also to put the irresponsible breeders out of business for good. This is Lily, the rescued-from-a-mill Italian greyhound who Theresa Strader, the organization’s founder, adopted, fell in love with and became the inspiration for the organization.  Lily’s story is heartbreaking, you can read about it here, but she suffered severe disfigurement as a result of the abuse she suffered and her life was greatly shortened.

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ABC’s Nightline just featured a story on puppy mill operations in, of all places, Amish country.  Apparently this area has more puppy mills per square mile than any other part of the country.  The puppies basically represent livestock in their opinion, and don’t really merit being treated any different than chickens in a coop (and I am NOT advocating for that treatment for chickens either - only free range eggs eaten here!)  The farmer being interviewed felt letting the dogs run around on a large version of a gerbil wheel now and then is the equivalent of getting exercise outside.  And, unfortunately, the piece did not get into the numerous health problems that puppies in this environment suffer.  However they did also document the rescue, from a different breeder, of a beautiful female golden retriever, totally broken down, with open sores,  and no longer able to be bred.  These people need to spend a few years in a cage themselves and see what it would do to them.

h/t kcindenver

 

Posted by marindenver on 03/28/09 at 09:35 PM • Permalink

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National Milldog rescue has done remarkable work, and they have, btw, lots of doggies who could use a home, with pictures and descriptions.

The most important think is of coarse to NEVER buy a pet-store dog. Even when they say they know the breeders, unless you go to see the parents, you don’t know what’s happening.

If this is simply business to the “livestock” breeders, then the way to stop them most effectively is to dry up the market.

mar, this is just so damned sad it took me two days to look below the fold.

I’m glad you posted it. People need to know. I’m strictly in the stray-redemption business, so I’ve never had to “shop” or perform due-diligence on breeders or mall-shop operations. I get my animals pre-stressed and scrath’n'dent-reduced the old-fashioned way.

I have a low enough estimation of humans who abandon kittens on a city street…but people who manufacture pets on a factory model are definite Scanner-bait.

Unfortunately, too many buyers also see pets as disposable products…so, yes, somebody needs to wise-up the marks and guilt the ones who still have consciences. As with any enterprise that involves money and ass-scratching primates, however, a little regulation and enforcement are never out of place.

We have always been pet rescuers, too. Our family visits the local shelter when it’s time for a new furry family member to be adopted. Three of our cats and both of our dogs have been shelter pets, one cat was simply a stray we took in.

Oprah did a show a year or so ago that shone a spotlight on the tragic existence of puppy mills in the Amish community. As a result, people’s eyes were opened to the cruelty and neglect, and I hope that changes have been enforced in that corrupt community.

I’ll never be able to wrap my brain around the ability of some people to treat pets as nothing more than breed stock, with no regard for their intelligence and ability to love and be loved. To me, they have something missing in their hearts and brains, for their callous disergard is beyond cruel; it’s barbaric.

@donnah—I used to leave my kitchen window open all winter, but I’ve found that a nudgeable cat door is easier on the utilities, and an easy trick to suss-out, even if you’re born-again feral.

Sometimes there’s a new face at the buffet every day. Some enlist for the full tour. Some are too sick to save. Some are missing parts. Some will never trust a human being again. And all of them are here because some degenerate throwback simian couldn’t be bothered to pay for a vet or find homes for an unwanted litter.

And don’t get me started on people who intentionally abuse their pit-bulls to make them “better” guard dogs. There are, I hope, Circles of Hell not even Dante was permitted to see.

Four out of our five pets were shelter rescues.  We bought the defective sheltie from the breeder.  These people were a model of what good pet breeders should be - none of the dogs were caged, they had large open runs with cozy shelters attached, accessible through doggy doors.  The nursing moms and puppies had their own separate facility.  This was on a working farm, no different from the facility shown.  The shelties (they also bred springer spaniels and, I think, King Charles(?) spaniels) actually had the run of the place most of the time since shelties don’t run off.  Lulu’s pop spent most of his time hanging out with one of the sons as he did his round of chores.  Dog paradise.  And probably less expensive to run than investing in all those cages.

Education is the answer, of course.  I really think most people would hesitate to buy a pet from a pet store if they knew they were supporting this kind of industry.

I haven’t fact-check this, but P-PAC just posted an email intercept:

Don’t let Abusive Puppy Mills Operate with Impunity
Hearing to be held Wednesday, April 1 on HB 3180.
A public hearing for HB 3180, a bill that addresses large-scale commercial breeders who confine hundreds of dogs in cruel conditions, has been scheduled before the Texas House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee for 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at the Capitol in Austin.
The hearing room is E2.016 in the Capitol Extension, 2nd floor. This bill is sponsored by Representative Senfronia Thompson - District 141 of Houston, TX.

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