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ALERT: Wisconsin Humane Society Buys Puppy Haven Dogs and Breeding Equipment

Bentley was a "product" of Puppy Haven.

     More than 1100 dogs and puppies will be spared continued misery in the largest puppy mill in the state by Wisconsin Humane Society's recent purchase of Puppy Haven Kennel!

     In a press conference on 18 July 2008, the WHS announced that it had purchased the assets of Puppy Haven Kennel in Greene Lake Co., WI. Former owner Wallace Havens says he wishes to retire; he is selling just the dogs and the equipment used in his breeding operation but not the 20 acres of land the kennel occupies.

     The more than 1100 dogs included in the purchase will all be spayed and neutered before being released for adoption. Many of the dogs will also need extensive dental work and socialiazation before they can be placed in their new homes.

     Reportedly, the "equipment," including kennels and whelping pens, will be demolished.

     For more details on this sale, please see the links below.

 pawprint bullet point   TMJ-4 News Report   pawprint bullet point   Video   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   WI Humane Society Press Release   pawprint bullet point   WHS FAQ   pawprint bullet point

     Many are ambivalent about the purchase of a puppy mill by a humane organization. While very happy that over a thousand dogs will be freed from a life of misery, some fear that a bad precedent is being set and question what impact the influx of these dogs will have on funding for and adoption at shelters overburdened with owner surrenders due to the economy.

 pawprint bullet point   Best Friends: Rescue's Role in the Fight Against Puppy Mills   pawprint bullet point

     One comment on the Wisconsin State Journal story also asked if there were any "specific language in this sale that prohibits this land from ever being used again for the breeding of dogs."

     Although we have some questions we hope will be answered in the weeks and months ahead, we are EXTREMELY happy for the hundreds of dogs that now have a chance at a life outside the walls and cages of Puppy Haven!

 pawprint bullet point   I-Team Investigatioin: Inside Puppy Haven   pawprint bullet point   Video   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   A Message from Bentley (pictured above)   pawprint bullet point

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