Close your eyes for a moment (after you read this) and imagine row after row of stacked cages in a building somewhere or dozens to hundreds of outdoor cages, hidden behind a home on an isolated tract of land.
Go to one of the dogs, cowering in the back corner of her small crate.
Her hair is matted and she is sitting in the feces that is clinging to the wire flooring. The unbearable stench of urine is constantly burning her swollen eyes.
She doesn’t remember or has never experienced the fun of playing with other dogs. The only thing she can do is wait an unrelenting wait – for death.
She knows no joy. She knows no relief from her plight. There is only the day to day to day life, walled off from the outside world, with nowhere to move around. Her only lot in life is to breed and give birth and sit there in her tiny, decrepit wire-and-wood box.
For thousands over thousands like her every day and every week and every year, there will be no rescue. This cage is where she lives and this cage is where she will die.
Her only hope is that somehow, someone will happen to question this puppy mill breeder and make a phone call that might lead to an investigation and an inspection and finally a rescue.
Otherwise, the odds are very remote for rescue and no one will find her or the dozens of her fellow innocent inmates living in this house of horrors.
Compare this life to your own or at minimum to the life of your family pets. Who could honesty say they’d want their family pet to live in a puppy mill?
I realize that a vast majority of the people reading this blog entry are animal lovers. You get it. You understand it.
But for others, the problem is out of sight, out of mind. There are so many other things that fill the daily routine. And for another segment of the population – well, they just sadly don’t care.
So we’ve got to raise awareness about topics such as puppy mills, for each passing day is another filled with misery for these dogs. And the scene is being repeated in mills and in some backyards all across country.
I keep seeing that dog crouched in the corner … waiting a miserable wait. I watch our rescues playing in the backyard or peacefully napping on the sofa – and I want this home life for as many homeless dogs as possible.
You can’t personally save them all and neither can I. So raising awareness and pushing for better laws are two of our best options.
I realize some are arguing on the slippery slope train. They say more regulation on breeders will only lead – somehow – to the banning of pet ownership and hunting and property rights.
These unreasonable, unrealistic and fantasy-land arguments only help the status quo continue for another week, another month and another year. In the meantime, the days, weeks, months and years pass for dogs trapped in puppy mills.