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Puppy Mills and the Devastation They Cause

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

After the seizure of nearly 700 dogs from a puppy mill in TN, it makes you wonder what people are really capable of.

In our 5 o'clock newscast we had such a heart wrenching story about these puppies who were abused and neglected at a puppy mill in TN.  It was so terrifying to see these helpless little creatures in such dire need of proper care.

As a dog owner and animal lover, I can't imagine how anyone could allow animals to live like this.  In our report, it was noted that the dogs were living on top of piles of feces and with other puppies who had died.  It makes me sick to even picture this.  I actually had a cocker spaniel that my family later found out had come from a puppy mill.  This dog was my best friend and because her blood line had been inbred so much, she at a very young age was diagnosed with mange.  That's a skin disorder that caused her skin and fur to crack and bleed and scab.  She had these patches all over her face and it was heartbreaking when the disease intensified to the point that it attacked her organs and we had to have her put down.  I guess that's part of why I'm so sensitive about the way animals are treated.

If you suspect or know anyone who could be running a puppy mill or just mistreating their animals in general please, I urge you to contact the proper authorities.  Our animals depend on us to nurture them and give them a home with love.   I hold my golden retriever like a baby and talk to her, I swear she can read my moods.  When she gets bad I discipline her, but then I look at those eyes and my heart melts.

If you can or if you're ready to, please look into pet adoption at your area humane society.  These dogs are in dire need of your love. 

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