There should be some special retribution for those who profit by inflicting pain on others. A large puppy mill in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia has been raided and 66 dogs have been seized. The conditions for these unfortunates have been described as deplorable. But that doesn’t properly sum up the suffering that these animals have endured.
The SPCA spokesperson has described the puppy mill operation as sophisticated and extensive. The couple named as the land owners in this case – Glen and Maria Lawlor – also have a daughter who was prosecuted and banned from owning dogs while she was living in Washington State. Global TV has reported that she and her husband are currently living in another Fraser Valley town – Chilliwack.
Both puppies and adult dogs were in poor condition. The local SPCA has moved out its healthy animals and has quarantined its facility because of infestations of ringworm(a fungal infection), roundworms and giardia infections. In addition the animals are reported to be suffering injuries ranging from broken bones to missing eyes.
Advertising for special and expensive puppies has been extensive on line. Both the Facebook entries and multiple webpage addresses now sport unable to locate notices. Following are a couple of copies of the type of advertising that these cruel people have used.
Family Kennels. Bernese Mountain Dogs
Pitsula has a litter of puppies that need to find homes. ... Bernese Mountain Dogs live in our home and they are not shy so expect a joyous ... By: Marria Lawlor.
Bernesefamily.ca - Facebook, Langley, BC. 13 likes. We live in the country on 6 acres where there is lots of room for our great dogs. We are a family owned organic...
If you choose to buy a dog from a breeder, thinking that they are lovely people and that they live on a great piece of property that is ideal for a kennel, think twice. I once worked with a man by the same name. We taught school together in Langley. He appeared normal and hardworking. Do your homework. Ask to see the parents of any puppy you are considering. Open your eyes to the real conditions of the animals.
Never buy a puppy from a pet store. They are far too often obtained from such hellish places.
To the heartless people running this place, the animals are a source of ready cash. At $ 1 500 and more for trendy puppies, the profit motive is very strong.
Buying a cute puppy or kitten at a retail shop is no guarantee that the mother is being cared for properly. They may be underfed, dirty and cramped, bred again and again until they die. A local pet shop in my town advertises on the net. The following was copied from an online ad for that store.
New pets on premises including: Puppies,Bunnies,Ferrets,Reptiles,Birds,Insects,Fresh and Saltwater Fish.
The Humane Society of the United States has excellent information for prospective pet owners.
Of course N. America is not alone in the breed for profit dogs and cats. Hong Kong is experiencing a growing industry breeding dogs as pets now that it is legal to own pets in China. There are currently no laws in HK that regulate animal traders.
The acquisition of a pet is a long term responsibility. Think carefully before you bring one home.
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