Gracie's Puppy Farm Story

by Deborah Wilson

A golden cocker spaniel - previous victim of a puppy farm breeder!

A golden cocker spaniel - previous victim of a puppy farm breeder!

While standing in line at the County Animal Control, a volunteer noticed an elderly man turning in a dog that he said he "no longer had use for."

Luckily, the volunteer overheard the conversation and took the adorable cocker spaniel into her home. Her name was Gracie and while she looked nervous, it was obvious that she was a pure-bred.

The volunteer contacted several other rescues to see if any foster homes were available as she believed that the little one only needed grooming to relieve her of the mats that were so painful.

When the foster family went to pick her up she felt particularly heavy for such a small dog.

The foster didn't think she should wait until the weekend for a groom, so she called the groomer to her home.

Within 10 minutes the groomer called the foster in and said that in over 9 years of grooming, she had only seen this once before.

This dog had been the victim of a puppy mill breeder. Her toenails were so long they had curled into the pads of her feet.

Faeces impacted the toes causing infection.

Her backside was so matted, it had created a complete impaction, and the faeces was completely caked together with the fur.

Stunned, the groomer explained the reason she looked "okay" from the outside was because the so called breeders will reach into the cage and shave the tops of the bodies of dogs. That way, if they are ever inspected or potential clients ask to see the mothers, they essentially "look okay."

Upon closer inspection, we could see that her ears were severely matted and infected. As the fur was trimmed away, sores could be seen under each mat.

After shaving her down, two large tumors (one the size of a small baseball) were found on her side.

When offered food, she acted ravenous, but didn't eat. Upon closer inspection, it was discovered that her gums were bleeding, swollen and red with teeth so infected that she couldn't eat. She had been fed table scraps her entire life.

After four hours of grooming, the groomer discovered that Gracie had had her nipples nearly chewed off from having so many litters of puppies.

She had clearly made someone a great deal of money and had lived in a crate the entirety of her life.

Gracie has only known a life of neglect - until now.

Gracie has a very sweet disposition and a strong will to live.

She has a strong passion for life and loves to go in the car. She is frightened of being left behind, with good reason.

She simply wants to be loved at this stage of her life -that's all - it's not a lot to ask for, is it?

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Where to buy
by: Anonymous

Puppy Mill or Puppy Farms Hobby or Backyard breeders. These are all just names. There is only one way to know for sure if you are buying a dog from a well educated and responsible breeder as it is impossible for most people to travel the United States and visit especially now since under the Obama regulators we have lost over 91.0% of all Kennels in the United States. We have seen some breeds go extinct already.

We all want dogs that are well cared for, get regular grooming and health care, live in spacious and comfortable conditions and where the puppies are raised in a clean environment where both mother and babies can thrive.

The only place will you know these conditions exist will be at a legal licensed USDA inspected facility. A USDA Facility can be as small has five (5) dogs on the property or many, however each dog must be cared for as specified by the Animal Welfare Act, without exception. The document for standards and conditions is to be found in a book that is roughly 240 pages of regulations to be in violation of one can result in fines starting at 10 Thousand dollars per infraction.

A USDA facility is the only kennel that is licensed to transport puppies to the buyers, period there is no exception. So at the end of the day if you want a great dog raised in one of the best kennels in the world look for the USDA Licensed facility.

Such A Moving Story
by: Pauline

It gives me such a rosy glow to hear that Gracie was eventually rescued and is now doing fine, but, the outcome could have been so very different.

Puppy farms and puppy mills such as these need to be closed down - for good!

If you're looking for a puppy why not try a local rescue center or visit a reputable Cocker Spaniel breeder?

The more we spread the word about the cruel practices that go on in most puppy farms, the less people will buy from them and, who knows, eventually they might get the message and either give up or begin to treat their animals with the love and attention that they deserve.

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