|Barked: Thu Feb 7, '13 8:23pm PST |
|I agree we need to keep this thread going constantly.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWVkV6mZ3rw -- There are a lot of happy endings in this one, but very hard to watch. It's good to see some of these massive places getting shut down, and I think the longer people speak out against puppy mills, I think they have a chance of becoming completely illegal.
There are a lot of Amish people in my area as well, and my Husband and I have actually once discovered a puppymill on our own. We were in a very rural area taking photos of a wheat field. This was back in 2010. There was this abandoned barn all shut up tight in summer across the road. No cars there or anything, and we heard the barking of what had to be at least twenty different dogs. Maybe more, from inside it. We reported it, but I'm not sure what ever happened. We weren't able to see inside the place, but it was clear there was no power going to it to cool the dogs off, and no one was there caring for them. It's sickening, and I hope something was done.
Shih Tzus are a breed that are severely mass produced in this area. We bought Gunther from an irresponsible Shih Tzu breeder who only had one male dog and one female dog, and all of the dogs lived in the house, but it was clear she didn't know what she was doing, didn't really love the dogs, and didn't clean her home much. She sold Gunther to us at barely five weeks old, and at the time we were too uneducated to realize how big of a mistake it was. I still regret it to this day, but I'm thankful for everything I've learned since.
I tell everyone to never, ever buy from these types of people and to boycott pet stores.. All of my Husband and I's dogs were from the pound or the street growing up, so we were just ignorant to the other side of the coin. Keeping people educated on this is really the only hope of making a difference.