I don’t share a lot of news stories. I like to keep things more personal, and largely lighthearted on this blog. However, sometimes things can hit close to home and I’m compelled to share. I wrote a whole series on ending puppy mills when I first started the blog and my feelings about doing that certainly have not changed.
I know I’m preaching to the choir with my regular readers, so all I ask is that you share this story, or the video I’ll share below from our local TV station. I want this to serve as a reminder and to get the word out: if you choose to buy a purebred puppy, please, please know exactly where it came from, a reputable breeder, shelter, or rescue.
Be especially careful when buying over the internet, at a pet store (many pet stores now only have rescue and shelter dogs being adopted out of their stores), or at any kind of swap meet or flea market. The best practice is to be able to visit the breeder and see the puppies and parents (which is what we were able to do when we got our beagle Cricket, and our golden retrievers). If you love a breed, chances are you know or can find other people who love that breed. They can be a great resource for finding a reputable breeder or rescue for that breed.
It has been all over our local news (and I’m sure national news as well) this weekend that 84 Great Danes were rescued from deplorable conditions at a “mansion” in Wolfeboro, NH. When people think of puppy mills, they might think of states like Arkansas, Missouri, or Iowa, where far more rescues like this have happened. They don’t think of quintessential New England, and it makes me sad that my state is not better than that.
Yet I’ve known they’re here, many years ago some friends of ours got a puppy from what they figured out was a mill when they visited it, also here in NH. Yet they couldn’t face leaving that puppy at that place, and took it home anyway. I can understand how that can happen, even though it does not help the larger problem.
While I’m ashamed that my state doesn’t have better laws to prevent this from happening, the truth is the consumers, the ones buying the puppies, are the ones that can really put a stop to this. Greed is what drives these deplorable people to run these puppy mills, and if they are not making money, they will stop.
One of the saddest things about this story to me is that these dogs cannot go to homes until the legal process is settled; they are considered “evidence”. If you would like to donate to their care, and other rescues like this, please visit this link: HSUS Rescue Team.
Getting the word out and educating everyone about where so many puppies come from is one of the most important and simplest things we can do to try and put an end to this horrible industry of puppy mills once and for all.