This Friday, 4/4/08, Oprah will do a show on puppy mills and the horrors associated with them. Best at this site, tells the story.

If any of you know friends or family interested in purchasing a puppy over the internet or at a retail pet store have them watch this story. The more people are aware of what the living conditions for the "breeder" dogs and their pups are, the better. The show is targeting puppy mills in the Lancaster County area of Pennsylvania but puppy mills are located throughout the country and treat dogs like livestock and/or a cash crop. They are heavily regulated by the USDA, but when you see what "acceptable" living conditions are, it will turn your stomach. (Female dogs bred every cycle and never leaving their cages during their lifetime).

Please watch or DVR the show, so you can let others know what is being supported by online and pet store purchases.

Check times for broadcast in your local area.

Thanks everyone, Sylvia and Timmy

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I can already tell this is going to be a hard show to watch, but a much needed one. Thanks for posting this!
It is so great that Oprah will be addressing the puppy mill issues. Oprah! She has such a huge viewing audience. I hope the show will open a lot of people's eyes to how cruelly the mill dogs are treated, as well as highlight the link between puppy mills and pet stores.
Thanks for posting this Sylvia! I was just about to tell everyone when i saw the commercial. Lisa Ling does some great investigation work :)
This is from

"Winfrey Dedicates Show to Her Late Dog
April 1, 2008, 10:04 PM EST
Oprah Winfrey plans to dedicate a show investigating abuses at puppy mills to her cocker spaniel, Sophie, who died last month from kidney failure.

"Sophie gave me 13 years of unconditional love. She was a true love in my life," Winfrey says on the broadcast scheduled to air Friday. (Advance remarks from the show were released Tuesday by Harpo Productions.)

The show features special correspondent Lisa Ling investigating puppy mills, which Ling calls "horrific" and "haunting."

Winfrey says the show is "for anybody anywhere who loves a dog, has ever loved a dog, or just cares about their basic right to humane treatment."

While Sophie was not a product of a puppy mill, and Winfrey's three current dogs were adopted from breeders, Winfrey says in the future she would look to adopt from an animal shelter.

"I would never, ever adopt another pet now without going to a shelter to do it. I am a changed woman after seeing this show," she says."
Excellent! There are so many people who are completely oblivious to what is going on. We had a puppy store open in our town about a year ago and SO many people purchased dogs from there. When they were told where the puppies come from (from knowledgeable dog people, not the owner of the shop of course) they were quick to defend the shop and if they DID believe what they were told eventually, they were convinced that they had "rescued" their puppy and that others should do the same. That is not rescue, that is feeding the machine and only creating more demand. It sounds very harsh, I know, but some of the puppies must be sacrificed in order to stop the larger problem, I just wish people could see the bigger picture. Hopefully this show will help explain that.
It is amazing that in this "information age", some people still don't know the horrors behind pet store puppies and will pay double or triple the price for an often ill puppy mill dog, when for a lot less money they could buy a great quality dog from a reputable breeder.

I was deeply saddened that Petland opened a store here in Austin a few months ago.

Typing "Petland complaints" into a search engine reveals hundreds of personal horror stories from people who purchased sick pets, spent thousands in vet bills, and received zero support from the store. Personal experience for these folks was a hard and expensive way to learn about the puppy mill industry.
I read all those complaints... It amazes me! I bought my perfectly healthy pure-bred wonderfully socialized corgi from a breeder for a QUARTER of what some people are paying for deathly ill puppies. Just mind boggling. Buying a puppy because you feel sorry for it? You still have to pay for it!
I'll hopefully be able to catch this :) *shakes fist at work* Its good that this issue is brought up time and time again. Thank you so much for posting about it!
I am glad that there is a story to show how horrible puppy mills are. Though I did not get our corgi from a rescue (which a lot of organizations recommend), I'm glad we did thorough research to find a corgi breeder. Recently, our friend asked our input on getting a new dog but we adamantly told her not to get one from a puppy store. She didn't heed our advice. Supporting puppy retail stores is supporting those cruel puppy mills. I hope this brings attention to more people looking to find a new pet.
Do know that the problem is far more reaching then dogs from pet shops. In rescue I am aware of many "breeders" that are high production, keep dogs in environments that most of us would never dream of and know little about the breed other than how to breed them and sell them. Ask any shelter worker or rescue volunteer of the sheer numbers of pure bred dogs that are surrendered or found as strays.
Being heavily involved in rescue as well as instructing at our local dog club for seven years shows me how much the general population has yet to learn about purchasing a pure bred dog. So much breed information is available on the net, at the library, dog clubs etc. It is a matter of taking the time to learn.
A huge part of being a part of rescue is education. I spend countless hours educating people about the breed, their typical behaviors, physical characteristics, proper feeding, exercise and training. Sadly so many learn after they have a problem instead of before making decisions to purchase and/or breed. There are people willing to help simply for the asking.
Lists such as these can be a great source for information. There are some folks here with some darn good advice and strong backgrounds. I hope this show opens the eyes of many.

Petland issue - signed a petition against them selling pups

1:53 - Its a corgi in the puppy mill barking :(


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