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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 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:
[BREED] rescue [CITY/STATE]
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.
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.
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