Over 100 survivors from an Arkansas puppy mill have found a safer place at the Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, DC. It was mostly small-breed dogs like terriers, poodles, pomeranians, and shih tzus that were found in filthy conditions at the Arkansas puppy mill. The owner was charged with three felony counts of animal cruelty. Some of the dogs found by authorities were no longer alive..
The Washington Animal Rescue League’s CEO said, “We are prepared to give them everything they need – though it may take months of intensive work – to help them make the transition from caged animals being bred like livestock to cherished family members.” (Source: Washington Post)
It was a very good reminder during holiday season, when impulse purchases of puppies from pet stores are somewhat common for members of the public to properly inform themselves about puppy sourcing. Meaning, if they don’t understand some of the puppies for sale in pet shops have been kept in deplorable living conditions at puppy mills, they are more likely to buy them and unknowingly support animal cruelty.
In some cases, the puppy mill dogs have been kept in very small cages and have not been socialized in a healthy way, so they are very weary of being around people which makes it harder for them to be adopted at an animal shelter after being rescued.
Consumers can play a role in reducing the number of puppy mills by refusing to buy puppies and dogs from pet stores and make sure they are properly informed before making a purchase, or even better – adopting a puppy or dog from an animal shelter and saving it from being euthanized.
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