The Humane Society of the United States has been investigating puppy mills for decades, exposing the cruel realities of the commercial dog-breeding industry. We've lobbied for the current laws as well as for additional money to enforce those laws. We've also educated millions of consumers on the many reasons they should avoid puppy-mill puppies.
5 years ago
The horrible puppy industry will continue as long as consumers remain ignorant and keep purchasing puppies from stores and brokers that sell via the internet and from hotel rooms, trade shows, flea markets, etc. There is pending legislation in many states to try to force breeders to meet higher standards of care for their breeding dogs, but the problem is enforcing these laws. Those of us who do know the truth need to continue to educate everyone we know about where these puppies come from. We can't back down on this issue. Get involved; participate in local protests at pet stores that sell puppies. For those in Ohio: This weekend (3/21) there is an organized peaceful rally to protest the Buckeye Dog Auction in Farmerstown, Ohio from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you're in that part of the country, come on down and show your support. But remember, this is peaceful! No lashing out at specific cultural groups!
5 years ago
NaMona is a Cocker Spaniel/King Charles Cavalier Spaniel mix who was purchased from a puppy store in Maryland in the fall of 2006.
Within a day of purchase, NaMona was diagnosed with kennel cough, which quickly progressed to pneumonia. Despite early treatment, NaMona came very close to death.
After her owner found her barely breathing one night, she rushed her to an emergency veterinary facility at 4 a.m., where NaMona spent days in an oxygen tent.
"If this puppy dies, I'll never get over it," wrote her owner. NaMona finally pulled through. Her buyer spent far more money on vet bills that she did on NaMona's purchase price.
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