This past weekend Nightline broadcast a  Puppy Mill Investigation segment and if you didn’t have a chance to see it, you can view it below.  I have to say, all in all,  I am rather disappointed.  I expected something much more hard hitting.  People who view this may walk away with a very unrealistic view of puppy mills.

The interview with “Ezekial” does not show what a typical puppy mill really is.  Although the conditions at his breeding operation are not what anyone would want for a dog’s life, it is much cleaner and nicer, if you can use that word, than your average Amish or Mennonite operation.  The scenes at the beginning of the video are much more inline with the truth.

It is a world most people never see, but undercover video shot by Main Line Animal Rescue provides a startling look. Hundreds of puppies can be seen stacked in crate on top of crate. Most of those puppies will eventually be sold to pet stores, but their mothers will likely never know a home other than this.

The female breeders live their life producing litter after litter… until they can’t any longer. Bill Smith, the founder of Main Line Animal Rescue, says that the dogs are then disposed of — sometimes euthanized, sometimes shot. And it’s perfectly legal.

“Unfortunately if a kennels breeds less than 60 dogs they can shoot them,” he said. “If it’s over 60 dogs they can’t be shot.”(ABC News)

Puppy mill dogs live a life of hell; neglected, abused, often malnourished and dehydrated, covered in filth, no kindness or love, and worse.

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I know that right now there is no way to shut down the puppy mill industry, I am realistic about that, just too much money filling too many pockets.  But there needs to be stronger laws and legislation in place to regulate this horrible industry.  Dogs give everything, why can’t they at least have decent humane conditions?  These breeders want to cut every corner they can to rake in as muc profit at possible, the almight buck rules!

I could write reams on this topic, it makes me angry and it makes me sick.  I have seen too many dogs and puppies pulled from puppy mills, heard the horror stories, seen puppy millers walk away with little more than a slap on the wrist.  The fist step is education, people need to know about puppy mills.  Even as “sugar-coated” as the Nighline segment was, it was still better than nothing but there needs to be more, much more.

We all need to do out part in getting the word out.  Don’t think that you cannot make a difference.  Everyone can!  Will you?

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