Today’s news bag contained several dog-related items I thought you might like to know about.
First up, a hero from Des Moines: USA Today reports on Capone, a stray who had moved 18 months before into a home where Angela Fulmer and her nine children live. The Min Pin/Chihuahua/Whippet mix wouldn’t stop barking, which is unusual for him, Fulmer said. Continue reading Dog News Round-up→
Kudos to the NY State Police, who came to rescue the 103 puppies from a box van that crashed on an upstate NY highway. The driver, who was speeding, lost control of the van which was coming from Missouri to deliver the pups to pet stores. The puppies are being cared for by the SPCA until they can be returned to Missouri.
My question: Where were the puppies coming from? 103 is a lot of puppies – could it be a puppy mill? Is this being investigated?
I’ve had so much other stuff to tell you about over the past few weeks, I haven’t been able to share much of what’s going on in the dog news world lately. Without further delay, here’s a roundup of all the news that’s fit to print.
West Valley (AZ) Puppy Mill Bust
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office recently rescued as many as 130 Pugs and French Bulldogs from a puppy mill operation in Tonopah. They received an anonymous tip about conditions in the home and asked the homeowners to take care of the situation. When nothing was done, deputies returned and took control of the dogs without incident. The owners now face animal neglect charges.
This amazing video shows how a dog was rehabilitated after being rescued from a puppy mill. The YouTube caption reads: Trapped in a puppy mill, Coconut the dog had never known love—until she was rescued by the ASPCA. Watch a video of her incredible transformation and recovery, and find out how you can help save more dogs from a life of fear, pain and neglect.
Never underestimate the power of love, patience, and consistency.
I promise – no sad eyes looking out from a cage or spooky sad music.
The ASPCA’s blog is reporting that the city of San Diego has banned the sale of dogs in pet stores. As you no doubt know, many pet stores purchase their puppies from puppy mills. As a result, these puppies are often in ill health and have been kept in unsafe, unsanitary, and unGodly conditions before being delivered to the store. Continue reading San Diego bans pet store puppies→
Speaking at a press conference, Michael Markarian, an executive vice president with the Humane Society, described the treatment of dogs at puppy mills. “They’re treated like a cash crop, where mother dogs live in wire cages, sometimes stacked on top of each other in filthy, dirty, cramped conditions, where they receive little socialization or human interaction or exercise.”
The Humane Society charges that while puppy mills are legal and are regulated by the USDA, Petland should not be telling customers that their puppies are from “good breeders.”Puppies are routinely sold in pet stores for as much as $3,500 for some purebreds.
According to Chillicothe, Ohio-based retailer, “Petland stores are independently operated by qualified franchisees. Each is responsible for choosing healthy pets offered to Petland customers. Petland, Inc. provides each Petland store with humane care guidelines to assist in this important task.”
Good news! Pennsylvania, often called the Puppy Mill Capitol of the Eastern United States, has finally passed tough new laws that limit the ability of puppy mills to keep their breeding stock locked up in small cages under inhumane conditions.
How could they have possibly thought this was a good solution?Two kennel owners in Maxatawny Township, PA were inspected by the dog warden, and were cited for a number of things, including excessive flea and fly bites on 39 of their dogs.Rather than seek treatment or flea-dip the dogs, they SHOT them!