An unlicensed, inhumane breeding facility was raided last week by the ASPCA. This Lake City, Michigan, facility was loaded with Jack Russell Terriers, Border Collies and Shiba Inus. These traumatized canines were rain-soaked, and covered in mud and feces. These dogs were the product of four generations of inbreeding. The dogs were housed in outdoor pens which provided no protection from the elements. Fresh drinking water was not available to the dogs. Puppies, adult and senior dogs were rescued from this facility. The ASPCA states, "Although we're succeeding on many fronts against puppy mills, passing stronger laws, increasing consumer awareness, untold numbers of dogs are still suffering."
The rescued dogs have been placed in shelters partnered with the ASPCA in the Midwest and will be available for adoption. The ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, New Jersey, is providing care for for more than a dozen dogs.
Buying a dog from a breeder or from a pet store supports puppy mill businesses. Adopt a dog from a shelter. Pure-bred dogs can be found at shelters too. The love shared between dog and owner is not dependent upon the breed.