Puppy mills are everywhere and animal advocates are usually close by to help shut them down and save the dogs from deplorable conditions. The latest puppy mill bust to hit the news is in Humboldt, Tennessee. According to a November 6, 2014 report from Huffington Post, dog breeder, Laura Morris is now out of business and behind bars.
Nearly 100 dogs were rescued as a joint effort between Animal Rescue Corps and the local Sherriff’s department. ARC had sent in an undercover person posing as a possible buyer to gather evidence. The rescue group then turned the evidence in to the sheriff of Gibson County and a warrant was issued.
The dogs are said to be in horrible condition and are not even use to human contact. Many have eye infections, bald spots and are very thin. Most were small breed dogs, but they stated that one very large pit bull was amongst them in a cage.
Gibson County Sheriff Paul Thomas, who was onsite and helped with the rescue, told WBBJ News that:
“You could feel the urine burning across your face – the feces, the urine — it’s horrible.”
The dogs have been taken to a temporary shelter for care with both their health and grooming needs. It could take weeks of long hard work, dedication and love before these poor neglected dogs will be ready to be placed in foster homes and or put up for adoption.
Puppy mills operate purely for profit with very little care or consideration for the dogs that they keep and breed. The dogs live in filthy conditions with many of them crammed into the same uncleansed cage. They are forced to sleep and eat in their own feces and urine. They are kept strictly to breed and sell the puppies.
Female dogs are bred over and over, starting from a very young age. They nurse their puppies amongst the filth until the puppies are old enough to sell, then the dog is bred again as soon as possible. Most puppy mill dogs do not receive even the basics of care, even when they become injured.
A dog that can no longer reproduce is deemed worthless and either sold off or disposed of. These dogs live a harsh, sometimes very short life and never know the love of a human companion, or even what it is like to be warm, comfortable and well fed.
Many of them never see sunshine and fresh air or the outside of the cage. Rescue groups such as ARC, and many others, work many hours to save these dogs from the horrible conditions imposed on them by greedy breeders. They rescue them, attend to their health needs and find them loving himes. Show your support on ARC’s Facebook page.