Reaction To Reported Puppy Mill

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

After the Humane Society seized over 300 dogs from a puppy mill in Wayne County Friday, people across Eastern Carolina are speaking out.

The news of North Carolina's largest ever puppy mill raid shocked many. one local dog breeder called the situation. Jennifer Schultz breeds dachshunds out of her home and does everything by the book. She warns people looking for dogs can be swindled by puppy mills. What she offers, puppy mills never can.

The Greenville Veterinary Hospital says people looking to purchase a dog should seek guidance from local veterinarians. They will be able to recommend reputable breeders or services.


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  • by ashley Location: jacksonville on Feb 12, 2009 at 06:18 AM
    There is a BIG difference between a breeder and a puppy mill. I know many responsible breeders (and am a occasional one myself with my German shepherd dogs) who do spend the money to bring their puppies to the vet to give them the correct health care,love and such. These are in home pets who are part of the family. In such a situation this IS different and those are breeders not puppies mills who keep hundreds maybe thousands of dogs and puppies in cages without love, health care and sometimes even food. i do agree that puppy mills should be stopped and given the appropriate punishment. However, the responsible breeders who care about their family (pets) and want to breed a better dog as AKC puts it should not suffer and be put in the same category as a puppy mill. There are many people who really care about breeding a good healthy family dog for others because they know how many people abuse this "business" for lack of a better word. Please defend people who DO THINGS THE RIGHT WAY!
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 9, 2009 at 11:13 PM
    ALWAY..adopt! We adopted a cat about 2 years ago from the BCHS. It wasn't our intention to bring home another cat... but while we were there, my daughter walked in to the cat enclosure. The cats were screaming and meowing, sticking their paws out of the cages and trying to grab us as we past by. My daughter bent down and saw one cat in the back of his cage... In his cage was maybe litter, no food, maybe water. We were told this was his last day. He had been there so long he had lost his spirit and today was "his" gas day! Have you seen the eyes of a child when they are desperate? I DID! She said..."I can't let them kill him mom...plzzzz... I have my own money" Well.....$35 dollars less and 2 years later ..... Crenshaw Oneday Weasly has certainly NOT lost his spirit. Adopted animal seems so grateful... it's like they realize... this is a second chance to be loved..... *we wub ou Cren* >rub rub<
  • by Gator Location: NC on Feb 9, 2009 at 06:09 PM
    Maybe instead of sending all that money to other countries for aborting "human babies", they should keep the money here and provide abortions for our pets.
  • by Gator Location: NC on Feb 9, 2009 at 06:07 PM
    It would be nice if people would get so worked up about abortion. It not okay to kill millions of animals, but a million or so of babies is okay.
  • by michele Location: lenoir county on Feb 9, 2009 at 06:01 PM
    I can honestly say it didnt take much over a year for it to get this way. My sister purchased a dog from her not too much over a year ago and went to her house and got the dog and there was no sign of what was going on. Im not sure how this happened in such a short amount of time but it did. This lady deserves the punishment that she gets. She shouldnt have treated those dogs that way.
  • by Gina Location: Henderson on Feb 9, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    NO don't regulate the breeders. Responsible breeders will comply with the law. The ones who are causing all the problems won't. It's that simple. I just want the government to STOP interfering in my life. They regulate gas, cigarettes, alcohol, and automobiles and now they want to regulate companion animals? Give me a break. I want them to spend my hard-earned tax dollars on important things like giving back some of the freedoms they have taken away in the last several years. This latest generation is going to have to ask permission to leave their homes if this keeps up.
  • by Geez on Feb 9, 2009 at 12:12 PM
    Cactus, what do you mean? I doubt we'd be allowed to adopt a caged child without many, many hours of rehab for the child.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 8, 2009 at 02:58 PM
    How many of you would adopt a child that had been caged since birth?
  • by mary Location: ga on Feb 8, 2009 at 01:13 PM
    for those of you who are anti pedigreepurebred breeders, where do you think your beloved mix breed, pound puppies come from? They come from irresponsible pet owners who allow their cats/dogs to get bred and know they can dump them at a shelter. This is NOT caused by responsible breeders!!!
  • by Kayde Location: Greensboro, NC on Feb 8, 2009 at 01:04 PM
    Shutting down good breeders, won't fix the problem even 1 ounce. The inhumane puppy mills are run illegally, and will continue to do so. The laws, allready in place, on animal "abuse" need to be enforced. That is the only way to stop them. Stopping the good breeders, who love the animals and work to making the breed healthy, just means that in so many years, you won't have any dogs left. Most of the good breeders, btw, also help in rescuing dogs, and finding them good homes.
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