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Last night the entire program was about some Fox Terriers that were rescued from a "breeder's" home several weeks after the "breeder" had passed away. The husband was taking care of the dogs, and the ASPCA was planing to bring charges against him. It was really terrible, there was something like 49 seriously neglected dogs that were taken out of a house that was in such poor condition that the floors were collapising(sp?). The dogs all had severely matted coats, were in cages, had never been taken outside for walks and etc. They even found some cattle prods that had been used on these poor dogs.

One of the dogs had a twisted back leg, and another one had deformed back legs and got around by draging himself. The ASPCA thought this dog was about 15 years old, and after they determined that the dog wasn't suffering, they eventually got him a little cart to help him get around.

I thought it was totally amazing that these dogs were all friendly after what they had been put through, and only one dog had to be put down. At the end of the program, it said it was filmed in July 2003, and I hope by now all the dogs have been placed in good homes.

I really don't understand how this "breeder" could have been selling puppies and somehow manage to get away with neglecting her dogs for so long. Opinions?
post #2 of 6
Two words: Puppy Mill.

And Puppy (and Kitty and Ferret and name your popular pet animal here) Mills thrive on the ignorance of consumers. Consumers who want a particular breed, but don't want to go through the hassle of educating themselves about proper breeding conditions, visiting and meeting breeders, and knowing what questions to ask. Where ignorance and greed meet, that's where puppy mills start.
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I do know about puppy mills, but I still find it really hard to believe that ABSOLUTELY NOBODY that saw these dogs cared enough to do anything. Especially since the house the dogs were in was practically falling down, and that didn't just happen overnight.
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Puppy mills were a huge problem in the Midwest a few years ago, but several states, including Kansas and Missouri have tried to enact laws to regulate or prevent them from operating. I do not know what the outcome of the proposed legislation was. I had a friend involved in rescue in Kansas City that went on several raids where state authorities went and kicked in doors to rescue several breeds of small size breed puppies. Literally hundreds were rescued, many of which had to be put down. The conditions were so disgusting, she could barely talk about it. At the time, there was little that could be done to these "breeders." They were immigrants that were absolutely outraged that they would be treated like that. They had absolutely NO remorse that they had treated living creatures like that. They said "they are just dogs, what's the difference?" They had been cited and been treated leniently in the past, because they claimed ignorance, but they could no longer say they did not know that their actions were illegal. I sincerely hope that the proposed legislation passed, and people like this can no longer continue to act in this manner. I know there are many, many responsible and loving breeders out there, and if peole would just take the time to find out where their pets come from, instead of buying the cute little puppy or kitty in the pet store, there would be no market for these mill animals, and it would no longer be profitable. I know it is not people being awful and condoning such actions, but putting this terrible information out there is the only way to educate people on the dangers of not knowing where their pure bred pets come from.
post #5 of 6
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I was able to find some (sort of) updated information about the fox terriers. http://animal.discovery.com/fansites...s/updates.html

As of September 8, 2003: 37 of the dogs had gone on to new homes, and 17 of the dogs had special needs and were still at the ASPCA. They were looking for suitable homes for these dogs also.

Because of how these remaining terriers were bred and raised, many of them suffer from ear and skin infections, or benign liver and spleen tumors. A few recurring mammary tumors have appeared in some of the females.
post #6 of 6
A few days ago I was reading in one of my emails that they finaly cought a very well known dog breeders of small dogs . They were all in cages and on top of each other where the poop trop down to the other cages and so on . Well the breeder also took the time and let all her dogs debark so they could not make a lot of noise . The dogs where only aloud to come out of the cages when it was time to made and thats it . I was crying for these dogs for a few days . I personal think that these people just want to make money and it is not all about breed any more .
I don't think those people are not sick at all . They just want to make money and get rich for sitting on their butts . So with other words they know what they are doing . Why would they try to hide the animals in houses and cages .
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