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Wordless Wednesday #335 – Til we meet again Miss Cuppercakes

May 31, 2017 10 comments

Wordless Wednesday #334 – The beauty of Miss Maggie

May 24, 2017 5 comments

Wordless Wednesday #319 – Can I Play?

January 25, 2017 3 comments

Black and White Sunday #185 – Puppy Mill Survivors

September 17, 2016 5 comments

Daisy and Cupcake at Thomas Lake Park

Today is national Puppy Mill Awareness Day. Daisy and Cupcake (above) are both former puppy mill breeding dogs. They were fortunate enough to be rescued before they could be killed, but many puppy mill breeding dogs are not so lucky.

When you buy from a pet store or online, you are buying from a puppy mill. And when you buy from a pet store or from an online website, you are guaranteeing that the parents of that puppy will continue to live in feces, be covered in fleas and suffer untreated medical ailments, including rotting teeth and jaws. You are also guaranteeing they will be killed by shotgun or through torture.

Please don’t buy a puppy from a pet store. Please don’t buy a puppy from the internet.
Adopt. There are so many dogs in need. So many of them are in shelters or with a rescue, and 90% of the time, through no fault of their own.

When puppy millers stop seeing sales, they will stop, but in order for that to happen you need to stop too.

 

My thanks to our hosts for this blog hop Dachshund Nola and Sugar The Golden Retriever.

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Wordless Wednesday #297 – The Look

July 12, 2016 4 comments

Wordless Wednesday #291 – Just the girls

May 25, 2016 3 comments

Minnesota puppy mill on List of Horrible Hundred – S G Kennels

May 10, 2016 11 comments

puppy mills 1Every year the Humane Society of the United States issues their list of Horrible Hundred puppy mill breeders. In past years, there have been at least 3-5 Minnesota breeders on their list. This year, there is just one. And wouldn’t you know it? It’s the worst of the lot, multiple violations over many years.

Here are just a few details on S G Kennels, owned by S Glance Vilken, in Roseau, Minnesota:

  • Has been found to be in violation of the Animal Welfare Act with every USDA inspection done between 2013 – 2016. (Isn’t it amazing that you can break the law year after year and still be in business?)
  • In the latest inspection, conducted in February 2016 (yes, this year), she was cited for not providing adequate care for two dogs, even though the inspector instructed her to do so in multiple citations.
  • One of the dogs she was ordered to get help for was first seen in June of last year. The puppy was 16 weeks of age back then and had an eye issue that caused drainage from the eye. The inspector thought the dog was experiencing pain.
  • The owner failed to get the dog looked at by a veterinarian, even after 3 more inspections indicated she should do so.
  • The second dog was a Pomeranian with advanced dental disease and had symptoms of a severe ear infection. The dog had discharge from both gums and from the infected ear. (Can you imagine being forced to breed and care for puppies while in extreme pain?)
  • The owner has been cited numerous times for filthy conditions, sharp rusty points in the kennel area that could hurt a dog and for not providing proper vet care.

Reading that would make any caring human being cringe. How callous does a human have to be to let a dog suffer through dental disease and a severe ear infection? Neither the breeder or the USDA seem capable of taking action to stop this dog’s suffering. (If you don’t know by now, the USDA is useless when it comes to shutting down mills like this.)

You might be asking me at this point… But, didn’t you guys just pass a puppy mill law? Why can’t this place be shut down through that law? Good question.

Yes, we did pass a puppy mill law in the state of Minnesota. Unfortunately, we decided to give responsibility for enforcing that law to a state organization that prefers to collect a paycheck while sitting on their asses, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. They pretty much give carte blanch to Minnesota puppy mills.

Why do I say that? Look who is on the Minnesota Animal Board of Health‘s approved breeder’s list:

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The moral to the story? The titles “USDA certified” and “Minnesota Licensed Breeder” means nothing. If you are buying a dog from this place, you might as well set up a running account with your local vet because dogs that come from puppy mills like this are a genetic mess and you will be paying lots of money for their healthcare in the future.

Want to know if a breeder is a good one? Ask to stop by and meet the adult parents and puppies. If they take you to a barn to show you one dog, or they tell you they don’t like people to stop by, don’t buy from them. They are hiding atrocities like this. Never buy from a pet store or online. You are buying from a puppy mill if you do, and that makes YOU part of the problem.

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