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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  • by gerald Location: aurora on Jul 28, 2008 at 08:24 AM
    i dont have a problem with hunting hounds that are taken care of but way to many are mistreated during the off season. just check most pens and you see it very evident
  • by Russ Krainiak Location: Washington on Jul 11, 2008 at 12:31 PM
    As very much a dog lover being owned by 4 golden retrievers over the years I think a puppy mill should be a felony crime. This is an abuse way beyond belief, it sort of reminds me of when they discovered the bodies of what were supposed to be cremated loved ones in Atlanta. There is not shame for some people. When I think of all I have been through with one of my goldens, "Belle", who has Myasthenia Gravis, I am thankfull my family instilled good values in my brothers and sisters. Here I fought and fight to keep my golden heathy and we have a puppy mill that has no regard for life or death for anything. I am sure this has been going on for years. It compares to me with a guy who chained his yellow lab to a tree for me to find dead two day later from choking to death. I think there should be some sort of screening for keepers of dogs and breeders. This is just another sorry chapter about how worthless some people can be.
  • by Tim Location: La Grange on Jul 6, 2008 at 01:52 PM
    That is true Lorraine. You are absolutely right. Thanks!!!
  • by Lorraine Location: greenville on Jul 5, 2008 at 07:08 PM
    hey Tim, I know something more cruel than mistreating animals.. mistreating children.
  • by DoxieLover Location: Grifton on Jul 2, 2008 at 10:58 AM
    Hate people who mistreat animals!!! They should publicly hang these, uhm,hate to use the word people and animals have more heart than they do. So whatever you want to call them, they should be publicly hung or disgraced!!!
  • by Tim Location: La Grange on Jun 28, 2008 at 06:06 PM
    We own a Doberman, a German Shepherd mix, six cats, four birds, and a large aquarium. Needless to say we love animals. I can't think of anything more cruel than animal abuse. Believe it or not, I trust more animals than people
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