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Why you should NOT buy your next puppy from a pet store
May 26, 2009

I apologize if this is unpleasant to hear. I'm sorry if the images are difficult to look at. I know your reaction will be to close your eyes or your browser. But we simply can't keep closing our eyes to the harsh realities of the puppy mill industry if we ever hope to affect change.

I am sorry but somebody needs to be a voice for these dogs that have none. They have none because their vocal chords have been cut out or steel rods have been rammed down their throats to silence their cries so neighbors won't hear and call animal welfare.

The fact is that it is a reality and reality bites for these dogs..

These things are tough to hear, even tougher for those of us in rescue to see, and most certainly tough for me to even write about. But they are necessary things to say and to know if we are ever to experience change in our lifetime.

I can't in good conscious as a blogger let my 100,000 page views per month go to waste without using it as a platform to help educate and get the message out. If even 2 of those viewers stumble onto this article and decide to take a stand against puppy mills and NOT purchase their next puppy from a pet store....if even 1 of you is motivated by reading this to sign a petition, push for better legislature, understand that Puppies Aren't Products, or purchase your next pet from a rescue or animal shelter then I know I have done something good. I have made a difference. And will sleep better at night.

Will you?

Will you please take a minute to think the next time you walk into a pet store? Will you take a minute to think about where those cute little puppies come from?

Consider their parents and how they are treated worse than livestock; kept their entire lives in tiny wire cages given only the minimal amount of food and water with no adequate heating, cooling, ventiliation, or medical care. Think about how they are kept in squalor sleeping in their own urine and feces. Understand that the females are used to breed over and over again often still nursing one litter while being bred for the next - sick with urinary tract and bladder infections until she is no longer able to breed at all. That is when she is "disposed of" in the most cruel and callous of ways that I can't even type about here. And the most horrifying part of all of this is that it's perfectly legal.

These dogs live their lives for the sole purpose of churning out litter after litter to put money in the pockets of their very tormenters and abusers. Their lives are sacrificed to fetch the highest bidding price from retailers that sell puppies . They are deprived of all human contact and only know human hands to cause pain and harm. They live in fear, alone, trembling. Nobody hears theirs cries or whimpers. And everytime you purchase one of these puppies from a pet store, Internet store that sells puppies, or a backyard breeder, you are supporting their business and perpetuating the vicious cycle of evil.

This month we were able to save 4. But think of how many more are out there. Think of how many more suffer and will continue to suffer until we take a stand and say no more.

There are plenty of good, loving, healthy dogs in your local animal shelter or breed rescue. Please consider adopting a dog. A great place to start is Petfinder.org or if you want a specific breed perform the following Google Search:

for example:
Pug rescue NYC

This is just one example of our latest pug rescue effort to pull these 4 dogs from some of the worst mill conditions. We had a very difficult and lengthy process to get them out of there. These pugs were petrified of human hands but are gradually getting better over time. They were severely infested with fleas and other insects!! Their bodies are covered in cuts, open wounds and scars. Their journey towards recovery has begun with us.

You CAN make a difference in the journey of others. You can:

Choose not to buy your next pet from a pet store or Internet site.
Refuse to buy supplies from any pet store or Internet site that sells puppies.

All four pugs needed sulfur baths and shaving immediately to rid the bugs including a nest of spiders?!?!!?!! found in the groin area of one.

All dogs have inter-digital cysts on their paws from wrapping around the wire crate bottom for years.

All pugs have minor scars, bite marks new and old and clearly display signs of being in a pen style mill.

The three females are being treated for severe urinary tract infections.

Penelope, has a severe form of jaw displacement and the most extreme form of dental disease we have ever seen which includes a naturally formed drainage sight just under her chin which is the only reason this infection hasn't killed her.

Romeo has one "dead" eye from untreated infection and as a result, the eye muscles have atrophied leaving nothing to support it in the socket, giving the eye a sunken look. Romeo's other eye is also severely ulcerated.

I ask you to think about these dogs and the countless others just like them the next time you want to bring home your new pet.

Will you?

For more updates on the Spring 09 Puppy Mill Pugs, to view success stories and our current list of available pugs for adoption - please visit our website www.curlytailpugrescue.org

Posted by Lori on May 26, 2009 4:28 PM permalink Comments (8)



Christine commented May 26, 2009 9:30 PM

It's a national disgrace that these puppy mills are still allowed to exist. It seems to me that although some people would never buy a puppy from a pet store, they might still think it's okay to buy supplies from that same store. Thank you for pointing that out.

I applaud stores like Petco and PetSmart for not only not selling dogs and cats, but for donating space for their *adoption days*. That's where I shop for my kitty food and stuff!

Those poor pugs! I'm so glad you were able to rescue them from that horror.



Nicole Hogarty Macias commented May 26, 2009 11:02 PM

Don't buy, don't breed, Adopt! That's the moral of the shelter where we got Audrey. :)

I still volunteer at the local SF SPCA since i couldn't afford to give money, I decided to give time. Very dedicated to the idea of encouraging people to adopt and save pets in the shelters, rather than use breeders and over populate. keep up the good work!



Becky commented May 27, 2009 11:58 AM

These dogs hace a wonderful voice through you! This has bothered me for years and why the government doesn't do a better job of shutting down the puppy mills is beyond me. I guess they think animals are not worthy of the time, effort and money it would take to accomplish this. But they can spend money in Iowa to study the odor factor of pig farms!



Lex commented May 27, 2009 12:01 PM

Those poor babies.

My next pug will most likely be a rescue. We consider Indy a rescue but she isn't really. we saw an ad in the paper for pug puppies and went to take a look. It turns out it was a puppy broker with 9 different breeds of lap dogs in her garage. Indy (3 months old and 2lbs) was kept in a pen with this older pug whom we saw stealing her food. We couldn't leave her there at all. So yes we played into the whole thing and bought a puppy mill dog (turns out she was from Quebec too!). But after we bought her, we found out later that we were super lucky since many dogs from that particular puppy broker ended up dying from parvo or some other parasite.

Gus is somewhat of a rescue too. His original owners couldn't 'manage' him and the breeder bought him back. Well we took him off her hands (turns out the breeder was a tad clueless) and we now have a gorgeous pug that took a long time to heal. Turns out the people that couldn't manage him, yelled and beat him. Physically he was perfect, emotionally.. well he is much better today.

It is heart breaking what people will do to these poor defenseless animals.



Mary commented May 27, 2009 12:12 PM

Thank you for posting this Lori! I sign every petition that comes my way. My Sledgehammer was the inspiration for me to start a pug rescue, after I found out about puppy mills. Your blog is a great way for many people to become aware of this problem. Spreading the word is the first thing that needs to be done! Many people will see this, and the photographs are necessary.

I had an impossible time convincing a lady at the dog park the other day, that pugs are abused and neglected and need rescuing. No, not cute little dogs like that, that would never hurt anyone, she says. She left the park still doubting my word. Puppy mills just need to be outlawed. Simple. I'm trying to figure out what the holdup is.



coffeypot commented May 27, 2009 1:16 PM

Great post, Lori! We discourage pet store adoptions at every opportunity. I even walked through a pet store at the mall telling everyone not to buy one there; that they could find a full blooded breed at PetFinder or other rescue sites for a fraction of the price.



kim commented May 27, 2009 8:04 PM

You go girl Get that message out! We just let our 2nd pug Shadow go today He was almost 13 years old and we got him out of one those ads in the newspaper from a backyard breeder. This was before we knew better! He had alot of medical issues all of his life but we were able to give him a great life. We have since resuced another pug and just recently a boxer from petfinder.com. The boxer was a puppy mill breeder 4!/2 years old that doesn't know how to play, walk on grass, soak up the sunshine, or have fun at all. We are making progress, we are loving all over her and she finally getting that she is in a happy home with people that love her. We will only adopt a rescue ever! Keep up the good work Lori Sausage would be proud. Say a prayer for my Shadow! Kim



Lori commented May 27, 2009 9:26 PM

We just let our 2nd pug Shadow go today He was almost 13 years old and we got him

Aw, prayers for your sweet Shadow, may he rest in peace.


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