This is Coco,
a mixed breed dog who was sharing a backyard pen with 75 other large-breed dogs
at the home of an animal hoarder. Some of the dogs were "overflow"
from a local no-kill shelter. Several of the dogs were culls, brought home from
the puppy mill where the "owners" worked. The owners considered
themselves to be "rescuing" the dogs who, not having been spayed or
neutered, were allowed to continue breeding there in that yard.
When there got to
be just too many puppies, the owner started advertising them in the local
classifieds -- until a would-be customer, answering one of these ads, reported
the crowded, filthy, and stinking conditions she found when she went to
purchase a puppy.
Even though local
authorities decided that no laws were being broken, a team of
several humane agencies (including the Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project) was asked
to intervene and remove most of the dogs -- including 39 puppies. Coco was one
of them, and was almost immediately adopted.
All of the dogs
who remained with the"owners" were spayed or neutered, so at least
they would have no more puppies. However, the county granted these people a
kennel license, and we have no doubt whatsoever that they are obtaining more
dogs again. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can legally do to stop them.
Please see Drive To
Save Lives for the whole story.
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