Five Hundred Dogs and 15 Cats Rescued from Puppy Mill
More than 500 dogs and 15 cats were rescued on Tuesday from an alleged puppy mill in Kaufman County, Texas. According to news reports, the Humane Society began investigating the operation when someone came to them asking about dog food donations for the animals.
Puppy Mill Kept Dogs in Deplorable Conditions
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake and the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department conducted the raid, and found the animals being kept in deplorable conditions. Mainly consisting of small breeds such as poodles and Chihuahuas, the dogs were housed in filthy conditions where they were exposed to the elements at all times.
Many of the dogs, in addition to having severely matted coats, were found suffering from a range of serious medical conditions, including infected wounds, internal and external parasites, and skin and eye infections. According to the Humane Society’s report, “It is obvious that many of these animals have never known life outside their wire cages.”
All of the animals were quickly removed and transported to an emergency shelter specially set up for this rescue operation. The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department has provided 24-hour security to the emergency shelter to ensure the safety of the rescued animals, which were all given appropriate emergency medical care by a team of veterinarians.
The operation was made possible in part by funding provided to the Humane Society by the Kenneth and Lillian Wilde Foundation, who created the Wilde Puppy Mill Task Force to rescue animals from abusive puppy mills.
How to Put Puppy Mills Out of Business
In addition to the good work being done by groups such as the Humane Society of the United States and legislative efforts going on in several states to try and stem the tide of abusive puppy mills, the best way to put puppy mills out of business to starve them out economically. That means refusing to purchase any dog that is the product of a puppy mill.
The Humane Society offers the following tips for making sure your next puppy does not come from a puppy mill:
- Adopt a puppy from a shelter. These animals need you as much as you need them. Both of our dogs are adoptees, having been abandoned by their original owners. It gives us satisfaction every day to know that we saved their lives. They bring us immeasurable joy without a dime having gone into the pocket of a puppy mill breeder.
- Find a responsible breeder and pay a personal visit to their facility. There are many responsible breeders out there. A personal visit to the breeder will allow you to assess how the facility is housing and caring for the dogs. At a minimum, they should be receiving adequate food, water, exercise, grooming, socialization and veterinary care, and should not be spending their lives confined to cages.
- Avoid pet stores. Period. They buy their dogs from puppy mills. How else would they make a profit off of each animal?
- Don’t be fooled by advertising claims that a breeder’s animals are kept in humane conditions. In other words, going back to a previous point, don’t purchase a dog from a breeder if you can’t personally visit the facility and ensure it is not a puppy mill.
- Don’t try to “rescue” a puppy from a puppy mill by purchasing it. Every dollar you put into the pocket of a puppy mill breeder perpetuates the scourge of puppy mills. If you encounter a breeder you think might be operating a puppy mill, contact your local authorities and the Humane Society immediately.
- For more great tips, see the Humane Society’s Puppy Buyer’s Guide.