When I Posted an Article on Puppy Mills here on AD Recently
Several Folks Told Me They Had Never Heard Much about Them
So I Very Sadly Offer CJ’s (Calamity Jane’s) Very Tragic Story Below
To Illustrate the Horrors That Occur in Puppy Mills Each and Every Day
When humane society officers rescued her
Calamity Jane was nearly twelve years old
She’d spent most of her life in a ‘puppy mill’
As a ‘breeder bitch’ producing litters to be sold
Her never ending days of misery and neglect were far too long
She spent most of them alone in filthy cages far too small for her
She hadn’t learned very much about love or human companionship
She produced ‘pure bred pups’ yet she was always treated like a cur
Calamity Jane had mange, ringworm, and abscessed teeth
She had a very blank expression on her emaciated bald frame
She had cataracts, a severe ear infection, and crippling arthritis
A typical story of a dog abused by a puppy mill for monetary gain
Calamity Jane was one of 200 dogs recently rescued from a puppy mill
A large ‘dog factory’ if you will that breeds as many puppies as they can
Their ‘breeder bitches’ kept in atrocious conditions for their entire lives
Forced to produce as many pups as possible to be sold across this land
Many of these severely abused puppy mill ‘breeder bitch’ females
Were in such pathetic shape that they were euthanized right away
But some of them were able to be brought back to health with TLC
And some of them were adopted by compassionate souls within days
Others like Calamity Jane were so severely maladjusted from neglect
It would take many long months before they ever trusted any humans again
Although she didn’t live long after her rescue CJ finally found a little happiness
And I truly believe that all of us must act now to finally put this barbarism to an end
To me, CJ's tragic story symbolizes many things: the resilience of the canine spirit to somehow overcome years of gross neglect in a filthy, desolate cage; the desperate hope that I believe resides deep within every abused animal that I’ve ever come across to one day at least experience a little love and kindness from we human beings; and the tremendous difference that even an ounce of humane, responsible, and compassionate care can truly make in any creature’s life.
For most puppy mill dogs in America today, however, there will be no happy endings. Most communities in the U.S. don’t have the desire or the staff to investigate all of these puppy mills, or even the required space to accommodate the vast numbers of woefully abused animals typically involved when a large inhumane dog breeder is finally shut down.
However, there are some options available to help dogs like CJ. The best way to end the tragic suffering of these animals is to cut off the flow of dollars to those who sell dogs born in puppy mills—namely dogs sold in many of our retail pet stores, on numerous Internet websites, and through newspaper and magazine advertisements.
Please Adopt Your Next Dog, Don’t Buy It – While thousands upon thousands of puppies are mass produced in these grotesquely inhumane puppy mills every year in the United States, between million dogs and cats languish at animal shelters and pounds all across this land.And very sadly, three to four million of these shelter animals have to be euthanized each and every year because no one wants them.The very ‘lucky’ breeder bitches that can no longer produce pups end up at these shelters, too; but the vast majority of them are simply butchered by these puppy mill operators when they finally outlive their usefulness.
If you insist on purchasing your next dog instead of adopting it, please do some investigating before signing any purchase agreement.Check with the Better Business Bureau, the nearest humane society, and/or law enforcement agencies to determine the reputation of the breeder, and to determine if any complaints have been lodged about his or her business operation.If a pet store won’t tell you who their breeder is, don’t buy a pet from them.
Very sadly, many an exuberant new owner of ‘the perfect pure bred pup,’ with outstanding ‘pure bred papers,’ quickly learns that their new dog has inherited many of its mother’s severe ‘puppy mill medical maladies;’ and when they finally review the fine print on their bill of sale, they realize it’s too late:they’ve accepted their new puppy ‘as is,’ and they’ve already released both the seller and the breeder of any and all liability concerning any future veterinary medical care their new dog will need.
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words; I think these ‘before and after’ pictures of CJ are worth many many more.They also make an animal lover like myself want to weep for the blatant inhumanity mankind continues to display towards far too many of our nonhuman earthly neighbors.
Please Report Animal Abuse to the Proper Authorities
Please Help Stop Animal Abuse – Of Any Kind
And If You Want To Learn More about These Puppy Mills,
And What You Can Do To Help End This Particular Abuse,
Hi Mr. Ed.
You are the bulldog if I recall.
Glad you found me. I am finally getting back to writing poetry again.
Thanks for the nice comment about The Forlorn Owl.
I just read your story here about the animals. Ya know it makes me so sad to hear of all these goings on. These jerks should be inprisioned like the pets are. As you might remember I love animals- treat our pets like kids- and when I hear and see abuse it causes me to have fits. There is no excuses for it. It is non-caring and money hungry humas who causes our world to be as it is. I am glad you are still "THE ANIMAL KEEPER."
Blessings to you.
PS. I will request you as a friend on myspace. My daughter has a friend on there who is also an aninmal lover and helper.
WHEN ANYONE BUYS FROM PET STORES, be assured most of these pups come from 'puppy mills'. Ask the manager to show you his invoice, sans cost, for proof of where he purchased. Get the name/location and report to "dog rescue orgs."
ALSO, pure-bred ads in papers, by owners...check the premises; what do their kennels look like? If unkept, report owners to a "dog rescue organization" (Google a search).
THEN...check with your local Animal Services/Shelters (pound), and buy your pet there! In all liklihood, these pets are healthier than for-profit sellers.
What'd we do without you, Ed?
HEAR, HEAR!!! We made the mistake of buying a rottie puppy at a PETCO pet shop for 800.00. We knew he was there probably from a puppy mill which is why I was not leaving that puppy there. He had kennel cough( their vet gave him a perfect pass) which he gave to our other 4 rotties within 48 hrs. He went outside one day at 9 months old, happy, healthy and being a puppy, five min. outside he laid down and died. That was 7yrs. ago....we still have not recieved his AKC papers. Folks, listen to Mr. Ed. This is a huge money making business of DEATH. If you know of a puppy mill or suspect one, go after it. Stay away from the pet shops because its so hard to turn your back on the little ones there when you know where they came from. The only way to stop it, is to stop the money. Great piece Ed.
Reviewed by Natalie Pomroy (Reader)
I am involved in dog rescue here in the UK and believe me we haev the same problem with puppy farming as you do in the US.
These dogs have never known the joy of playing with toys, of being stroked and groomed or the simple things such as feeling the grass beneath their paws, sniffing the breeze and running free.
While there are people willing to buy puppies from petshops and other just for profit breeders, there will always be more dogs like CJ.
I think its wonderful you are higlighting the plight, maybe just maybe someone higher up may take note.
Ed, this is all so true, and heart-wrenching!
But the beautiful photo says it all...about YOUR heart!
My daughter, Michaelle, has your EXACT HEART and compassion for animals! Did you cry as a child, too, watching Thumper and Bambi??? She HAS also brought every wounded thing ON EARTH to me, to care for - including Francis, a 1" peeper toad with a smashed foot! [I cried - when he died!]
As adults, my daughter& son-in-law bought male and female English Mastiffs to breed. During Malea's pregnancy, she was treated like a
queen...almost better than Frankie! LOL
Anyways, Malea had 10 pups - 3 or 4 of which, were still-born. Shelley phoned me in the middle of the night, "MOM! MALEA'S HAVING HER BABIES!" and she was sobbing-laughing! I prayed with her for Malea and the pups. Now mind you, she is a mother of 5 children - and did never get like this!
Those pups were the most-amazing sweeties...she named everyone of them herself, and in between Malea's feedings - only 2-3 pups at a time, because they are so BIG, and poor Malea was so EXHAUSTED! - we would find Shelley bottle-feeding them, sitting on the floor, in the midst of their papers!
Oh, the tears when people began to come for them! She made them SIGN CONTRACTS, that if for ANY reason, they changed their minds, they HAD TO bring them back to HER! Which, actually did occur...
Malea's behavior became too destructive, and with a husband and five children [ages 3-13] finally, Shell just had to give her up; she GRILLED EVERYONE EXPERTLY, until finally, she chose a man who would spend most of the day with her - and who PROMISED to keep in touch with Shell! And if ANY problems...well, you know!
Then.......one day....Frankie found Shelley sobbing so hard she was throwing up! So he raced out to the Humane Shelter and got her another dog - this one had been abused badly, but Michaelle has such a GIFT with animals, you'd never know it! Just like YOU & your CJ!
I took the time to tell you this, because I believe it will bless you to know there is a family that loves animals like you do!
Personally, Joe and I are now down to just 2 cats! A 10-yr.old Persian calico Queen, JadeBelle & her newly adopted co-hort, Oliver Elijah "Eddie", almost one! Eddie is from a Calico mom and a Balinese dad - he, in his own right, is, as exquisite as his "Queen Mother"!!! LOL Maybe someday, I'll find time to write about some of their hilarious antics!
After you read this, please feel free to remove it, Ed - it's bound to be a book! But your heart for animals and your cause is so great...
By the by, we are also memebers of nearly everything you named!
God bless your heart of compassion - and thank you for your service to God & Country - we salute you!
Ed, you are so right that cutting off the flow of money to those dispicable puppy mills is the only way to stop this horrible practice. The photo of CJ is powerful, the story is heart-breaking...and even more so when we realize that Calamity Jane's only one dog and that her story is actually just one drop in the vast ocean of sad stories of animal cruelty that need to be addressed. It seems overwhelming sometimes.
Personally, I can't imagine anyone spending a lot of money to buy a pure bred dog from a pet shop, when there are so many animals (of all kinds) that need to be adopted first.
Anyway...no need for me to rant any further, you've covered the subject very well in this sad story. An excellent write!
OMG! Where's are the local spca's?! This is beyond sad. Poor animals. This should be top priority! Cruelty abounds in this world, the victims being helpless animals and children. I know for a fact that inbred animals are inferior to mixed breeds in many ways. Even Police Canine Units prefer mix breed pups for training, as they have more stable personalities and are physically healthier. Yes! If I were in the market for a purebred animal, I sure as heck would want to see the parents of that animal and the environment where it was raised and not buy it at a pet store or online! Thank you for spreading the word, Ed!
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
Guess what Ed...I'm lost for words..Well erm non foul words.
Just disgusted beyond words to be frank..
Oh that poor baby!!!
I know of puppy mills, but I only associated them with the puppies, not the moms!!! I assumed, it was on the up and up.........
but now I know.....and would never buy from them......this is awful.......
WOW I had no idea this was going on - Thanks for the information and I will pass it on if I hear of anyone buying an expensive dog like a Yorkie.
It is also true that there are some young girls being sold into slavery
Thank you Ed for keeping us aware of what happens in the animal world! It may seem unbelievable . but many people haven't a clue of what happens to animals. Even those who love and have them. When I speak to some of my friends all have pets, they are amazed at what they don't know! So never stop telling us of these abominations so we can share them with those we know to alert people of what's going on.
I have heard of puppy mills though we have always adopted out puppies from humane societies etc, I do know they exist...but this is a fine well written explanation of same for those that never heard the term...keep up the good work...Ed & Rufuz
I am sadly aware of these Puppy Mills and I have refused to buy a purebred dog for many years because of them. Even if we research the breeders and find that they take good care of their dogs, the fact that they make money selling dogs keeps the door open for Puppy Mills to exist. I would be the first to happily sign a petition making it illegal to bread animals for financial gain. Who needs a purebred dog or cat, really? Even farmers know that the crossbred work dogs are usually the stronger and smarter animals. Thank you for putting this out here for us all to read and to keep it in our frontal thinking.
Ed, this is so very awful! Those people should spend the rest of their greedy lives in just those same filthy cages! How many more animals will have to suffer for human's greed? Insanity seems to have no limit.
This breaks my heart. I bought my shih-tzu, Mimi, at a garage sale for $50. That was a LOT to us (single mom, 5 young children)...we ate macaroni and hot dogs for a couple of weeks. The woman was going to breed her, but in 3 years never did, so she was shipping her out. When I took Mimi to the vet with her 'papers', the vet momentarily became angry. Not at me. From her papers, the vet saw that Mimi had been purchased originally from a puppy mill. The vet had long refused to work with the owners of this mill. We feel so blessed to have Mimi in our lives. She is a treasure...I only hope that we bring her as much joy as she does us. Okay, I'm crying...you got me with this one. I pray that it has a great impact on all of us!