We pulled into the
driveway of what I thought was a rabbit farm. There were rows and rows of small
cages with wooden "houses" attached like I'd seen for rabbits. I saw
a few pens with bigger dogs, mostly hunting dogs, like labs. I thought, where's
all the dogs?
of the car and walking closer I realized the rabbit cages were filled with
dogs. Upon closer inspection I saw that not only were they filled with dogs,
they were FILLED WITH DOGS. By that I mean 3 to 6 or more per cage. My heart
sank. How could this be? They were tripping over each other in their
desperation to get out. Their eyes filled with sadness and pain. Cage after
cage, row after row, hundreds and hundreds of dogs.
surprised to see that the place was quite clean. There was not an excessive
amount of feces under the cages. At least by the puppy cages there weren't. Out
back by the breeder cages was another story. There we saw a considerable amount
of manure buildup. Several cages had fecal matter dried on and stuck to the
In one cage with a
Dalmatian mother, the door to her house, where the puppies were, was too small
for her to get through. This required that she stoop down, dragging her
milk-laden breasts across this fecal encrusted doorway. Several mammary glands
looked as if they had mastitis as they were red, inflammed and engorged. This
dog growled at us, of course under extreme stress at having strangers parade
past her babies all day long. It's a miracle she had any milk for her puppies.
She did not look well. She walked stiffly, as if in pain, and had a glazed look
about her eyes. Her abdomen was distended. She wasn't the only one in this
When we were
shown the puppies, which are located by the house, [the miller's wife] showed
us newborn puppies, less than 3 weeks old, as the eyes were not yet opened and
let us hold these tiny puppies. The chance of disease transmittion during this
process is great. She did not know if we owned any dogs and what their state of
health was. This practice also greatly disturbed the mothers, and
understandably so. It made me sick to my stomach. It demonstrated a total
disregard for the health and mental well-being of these mother dogs and their
While my friend was
busy with [the miller], involved in the purchase of several dogs, we were
allowed to wander about freely and went inside the barn. There we saw, in what
little light there was, kennel fencing partitioning off "whelping"
discribe this building. It is an old dairy barn. The only light comes from a
few small windows to the north (I believe). It is almost total darkness.
Peering down the aisle we see another Dalmation bitch, very pregnant and also
growling at us. She too is extremely stressed. Her pen is not clean at all.
brood bitches are not let out to exercise. All their wastes are piled up inside
this pen. A dog house is situated in the middle which is where the dogs whelp,
unaided, as [Mrs. Miller] informed us. The smell of urine and feces is strong
as there is little to no ventilation in this building. The brood bitches are on
the left side of the aisle. On the right are some larger pens where the big
hunting dogs can go in and out. They are the only dogs who had any room to
breeds, which formed the majority of his dogs, NEVER and I repeat NEVER get out
of their little rabbit cages. These cages are approximately 24" x 36"
and have 3 - 6 or more dogs per cage. They are literally tripping over each
found this revolting. These are not inanimate objects. They are living and
breathing beings who have basic physiological needs, one of them being
exercise! This is akin to putting 6 human beings in a room that is no more that
4 ft x 6 ft and never letting them out! It is cruel to say the least. There
have been studies done on the effects of crowding on animals. You don't have to
read them, just go see for yourself at [this miller's].
saw rat holes, standing water in the pens that is basically urine and feces,
spoiled dog food in the dishes, lethargic dogs, sick dogs, ungroomed dogs, dogs
whose breed one could not decipher. I took pictures. However in my emotional
state I neglected to take pictures of an overview of the whole place. I took
close-ups of individual dogs.
that bothered me, is that several smaller breeds, like Miniature Pinchers, who
are short haired, lived outside all winter long with no heat, and not only
that, they whelped litters throughout the winter. His casualty rate must be
phenomenal. What does he do with all the bodies? Surely there must be some
health codes regarding disposal of the bodies?
transaction was completed, I noticed that no sales tax had been charged. Is
this legal? My girlfriend bought 8 dogs, to save them from the hell they were
in. I'm also wondering if this income from this sale was ever reported as it
was a cash transaction.
[This] place is
disgusting. It is unhealthy, crowded, cruel, and inhumane. There is no reason
it should continue to exist. I left there and spent the next weeks tormented
over what I had seen.
The horror of
the place didn't even sink in when I was there. It's almost as if my mind knew
it was too much for me to absorb at once and slowly for several days, waves of
nausea and pain would wash over me as I truely came to understand how awful
that place is.
begin to imagine it, until you have been there and looked into those dogs'
eyes. Each and every one is pleading to be taken out of there.
It is a
living hell for those dogs. It's a concentration camp in a way, except that the
dogs are not killed in gas chambers, they are killed emotionally many times
"I'd kill [animal
activists] if they came. (I've) been arrested twice for misuse of firearms.
Next time I can't leave no witnesses."
Gerald Schulz, aka G Schulz, puppy farmer,
an on-camera interview with WTMJ TV
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