A day or two ago was this headline on one of the posts:
How I hate those headlines. And they are there just about every day. Dogs coming out of puppy mills are often so emotionally damaged, not to mention the physical aqbuse of over-breeding, then toss into the mix other rotten things that those "breeders" do to their little meal tickets. ANYWAY .....
Lancaster PA - 100 PUPPY MILL PUGS
This morning I opened my newsletter and here are bits and pieces of the follow up on that headline.
Sorry folks- this email went usa wide and Tina got thousands of emails hence
why she could not respond. in the meantime- this is the sad news..
Ok I just received this so a heads up for everyone else. This is a shame it
gets posted publicly and spreads getting to the wrong people.
"Here is the problem. A puppymill is shutting down. I was to pick up as many
pugs as I could handle. Now that it'[s all over the internet as well as
criags list. Every breeder knows and I'm about certain, they will now be
selling them to another mill(s). Once they see they can get money for them,
they will not be surrendering them to a rescue. this has happened once
before, when we aren't quiet about this and overzealous, the dogs don't get
saved. Many breeders scan craigs list as well as free to good home sites to
get breeding dogs.
I have not heard back from the breeder at this time."
So as this sounds no pugs will be released to rescue. I guess lesson learned
to me and all of us to keep it quiet internally with the rescues instead of
spamming the internet:((( cruel world but this does happen!!
Okay -- I just got this from my rescue contact -- sad news indeed for these
little ones whose hope for freedom is now gone. :-((((
ONe person told me they saw this on Craigs list which is probably the worst
place it could go. I sent this info only to rescue -- now I am second
guessing myself wondering if some of the people on these lists are not all
about saving the dogs but just getting them.
Very sad news indeed.
There are puppy millers on these lists... unless you do a background check
on everyone you let join...
It breaks my heart because these dogs will likely be put back into horrid conditions OR sold to people who don't know what they are getting and will give up on the poor little things. Puppy mill dogs usually need lots of TLC to be socialized, and if you don't know this ahead of time, it could be a bad surprise. Many of them will be further mistreated because people don't "get it." Many will be tossed away, dumped. Many will be euthanized. Many will be passed on as people just want to "get rid" of them, and the possibility of the next person sticking it out is not good, either. A few lucky ones might find a good home, but the odds stink.
I guess there isn't much that can be done. What is happening to these dogs on Craig's list isn't illegal, I guess. The only thing that can be done is for everyone to get mad and take action against puppy mills. Please don't be passive about it. Even if you are not a pet lover you can understand that these innocent animals are grossly abused. No living creature deserves that. Support a rescue group. There are tons of them out there. Just google "animal rescue," and you will find plenty of places to give your support.
Excuse me. I have to go hug my babies and have a cry.