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Oprah Discovers Puppy Mills
By Mr. Ed
Last edited: Sunday, April 06, 2008
Posted: Sunday, April 06, 2008

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A Never Ending American Horror Story


As many all across the world now know, on Friday, April 4th, Oprah Winfrey finally addressed  the horror and the tragedy of Puppy Mills on her national television show. She was prompted to do this by viewing a huge Puppy Mill billboard strategically placed near her television studio, which was paid for by an animal rescue group.
Many of us have been writing about the horrors of Puppy Mills for many years; many animal rescue groups have been rescuing these horrendously treated and extremely ill dogs for many years; and the Humane Society of the United States has done many undercover investigations concerning Puppy Mills over the years.
And yet, all three have had very little impact in our society today in stopping people from buying their next pet.
Over 4 million unwanted and unloved dogs and cats are euthanized each and every year in animal shelters and city pounds all across America, while far too many Americans still insist on forking out between $500 and $3,000 for a ‘pure bred’ dog produced in one of these horrific, never-ending, puppy mills.
I truly hope many Americans watched that Oprah Winfrey show, and I truly hope that many Americans will now look to our animal shelters and to our many wonderful animal rescue groups to adopt their next dog or cat, rather than to buy it from a pet store, over the Internet, or through a magazine or newspaper advertisement.
The one thing that struck me the most watching this television show was this:
The very compassionate man who runs the pet rescue group that sponsored that huge billboard to finally get Oprah’s attention spends most of his time visiting these atrocious puppy mills and rescuing their aging male dogs that are of no use to them anymore, and their aging ‘breeder bitches’ which can no longer produce any more pups, or make them any more cold hard cash.
On a recent trip back to one of these horrendous puppy mills, one of the puppy mill owners asked this man about a terribly ill and malnourished female dog that he had rescued there. When the puppy mill owner learned that this dog was now doing fairly well, and adjusting to its wonderful new life in this compassionate man’s home, the puppy mill owner exclaimed: “I can’t believe that you actually let that dog walk around in your home, with your family!”
These are the type of people breeding these ‘pure bred’ puppies as fast as they can, to sell to you and your family, at exorbitant prices.
Their dogs mean nothing to them at all, except some more quick cash. And the aging dogs no longer of any use to them, if not rescued by people like the man on Oprah’s show, quickly face a bullet in the head, or a life of starvation, dumped along some desolate road.
And I simply cannot imagine walking into my neighborhood grocery store, buying some fresh fruit, and the shocked grocer exclaiming, “You’re not actually gonna take that fruit home and feed it to your family, are you?”
If my grocer ever said that to me, I would never shop in his store again, or buy anything from him, ever again.
Please Spay and Neuter Your Own Pets, to help us reduce the atrocious and never ending pet overpopulation problem in this country.
And please Adopt your next pet from a shelter; not Buy it from a Puppy Mill breeder.
Very few people pay attention to we animal advocates concerning this issue, and far too many other extremely important animal issues facing America today, but I truly hope that Oprah has now finally convinced many.
And it wouldn’t hurt to write your Congressmen, demanding that they finally put an end to this barbaric American enterprise. Mentioning Oprah’s name probably won’t hurt.
And if you would like to read more about these terribly abused Puppy Mill ‘breeder bitches,’ please read my poem: A Before and After Dog Story.


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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 5/3/2008
GOOD FOR Oprah .. Perhaps now more attention will be brought to the surface and things will eventually change........M
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/6/2008
It is horrible the things that man can do to animals...informative write and one tha we all should take a lesson from.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/6/2008
I feel sorry for those poor animals; they don't deserve such horrific treatment! They ought to put those monsters in jail!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(

A good point you raise: I'd much rather adopt from the pound; had done so in the past (my Maine Coon "Cajun"); best thing I could have ever done! If ever I get the opportunity to adopt a cat again from the pound, I'll be in line to do so! :)
Reviewed by Marguerite Lemoine 4/6/2008
Ed = you are so right = but we are now in the process of doing this to humans. Man's inhumanity to all things created by God. 'lil flower
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 4/6/2008
Ed, you truly are a soul mate, thank you for bringing this story, and all you said we have been saying for years, but this is the kind of publicity it needs, no its attention needs to be focused from the caring consumer to the voting public, I still find it strange and disgusting that it would need this, for our legislators to move, if they are supposed to produce leading and you would hope, moral legislation. I have been made aware of this event by Dawn watch, she does a marvelous job, in public awareness. I send you Love and Blessings! and wishes for a most wonderful Sunday! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 4/6/2008
I caught the beginning of Oprah's show (usually switch the channel), then sat and watched thru entirety. Even thought, if only I had Ed's Tele#, I'd call to make sure he was watching.
Very revealing show, that, sadly, many people will learn of the Puppy Mills for the first time. I'd seen some where the dogs were kept in larger wired kennels, but not where all those that are kept in nothing more that pet carriers! Also SHOCKED to learn most of where the rescuer was filming...Lancaster PA, lands of the Amish.
The dogs he rescued had to be taught how to walk around open spaces...on wobbly legs, having spent ALL their lives in "pet carriers".
I hope Oprah repeats this show...the horrors are grossly sad, but a wake-up-call for "civilized" people.
Thanks...again...Ed, for this article and your caring heart!

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/6/2008
thank you for this--being on Oprah is surely going to get the message out there--the true hero--the man who put up that billboard

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