Most of these animals spend their whole lives in cages and are puppy factories for their selfish owners. We need tougher laws to protect them and and put their owners in a jail cell cage.  We need to speak for them since they can't to stop the horrifying life these dogs and Cats lead. Please contact you representatives.. Save a life..

Puppy mill - 50 dogs seized from repeat offender Mabank, TX (US)

Incident Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2011

 Margaret Stewart Boyd

Approximately 50 dogs were rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Kaufman County, according to the Animal Rescue Corps. The Kaufman County Sheriff's Office seized 49 chihuahuas, Malteses, miniature schnauzers and four litters of puppies Wednesday. Seven of the dogs are expecting puppies, so the number of animals could go up to nearly 90. The alleged puppy mill has been a target of law enforcement in the past. In August 2009, sheriff's deputies and the Humane Society raided the Klassie Kennel. More than 500 animals were seized. Margaret Boyd, 73, was convicted of animal cruelty.

The sheriff's department moved in Wednesday when they obtained evidence Boyd was in violation of probation.

"The probation mandates the owner is only allowed to keep two dogs and the animals must be spayed or neutered," Kaufman County Sheriff Deputy Daryl Landrum said in a news release. "Kaufman County will not tolerate this violation, and we will continue to aggressively prosecute cases of animal cruelty." Deputies found many of the dogs seized had no access to food or water and were suffering from malnutrition and hair loss. The puppies were found to be living in enclosures with so much urine and feces that they were breathing high levels of ammonia.

Boyd's parole was revoked, and she is being held in the Kaufman County jail. The sheriff's office said she will likely face more charges Thursday morning. An emergency shelter has been set up at the Kaufman County Fairgrounds. The animals will receive veterinary exams, vaccinations and any medical treatment needed. After a custody hearing Friday, the animals may be placed with shelters and rescue groups in the area.


Puppy mill - 20 dogs seized from breeder Toledo, WA (US)

Defendant/Suspect: Theresa Hahn
Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Convicted

Lewis County Sheriff's Office seized 20 dogs found living in deplorable conditions in Toledo. The Sheriff's Office says Theresa Hahn, 26, had been breeding dogs on the property. Nearly 160 dogs were on the property when investigators arrived. The seized dogs all appeared to be sick and in need of veterinarian care. They were taken to the Lewis County Animal Shelter. Most of the dogs on the property were Pomeranians, but there were other breeds, such as Labradors and German Shepherds.
Hahn will be referred to the Lewis County Prosecutors Office for 20 counts of second degree animal cruelty.

Case Updates
A Toledo dog breeder was found guilty Wednesday in Lewis County District Court on 10 misdemeanor counts of second-degree animal cruelty. Judge R.W. Buzzard sentenced Theresa Hahn, 27, to 100 days in jail, but converted 50 of those days to 400 hours of community service. If Hahn fails to fulfill that agreement within two years, she'll be remanded to jail and serve another 50 days. Hahn began serving her sentence Wednesday.


Puppy mill/hoarding - 86 dogs in mobile home Albany, OR (US)
Defendant/Suspect: Carol Brower
Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Convicted

About 70 small dogs and puppies were removed from a Benton County home Monday afternoon by Benton County Sheriff's Office deputies, and their owner, Carol Brower, is facing charges of second-degree animal neglect. Kerry Mullin, executive director of Heartland Humane Society, was on site Monday afternoon with a crew of staff and volunteers to help remove the dogs. Mullin said the living conditions inside the mobile home were horrendous.

Mullin said the walls of the home were eaten by the dogs, and that holes in the floor allowed the dogs to move in and out. Rat feces and household chemicals littered the home, causing an unsafe environment for dogs and humans alike. Mullin characterized the home as uninhabitable, and said there was little furniture other than a bed. There appeared to be adequate food and water for the animals, but many of the dogs had matted fur, and Mullin witnessed dogs fighting with each other on the property, where most roamed unleashed and un-caged within the fenced yard and the house.
Law enforcement and local humane societies have known about Brower and her dogs for at least three years. Years ago, Mullin said, it appeared that Brower was willing to work with enforcement agencies. She turned over some of her dogs to Heartland, and seemed cooperative. More recently, the problem appeared to be worse, and conditions were such that the Benton County Sheriff's Office decided to get involved. After being told she had to improve the conditions for her animals, she and her dogs relocated to Linn County. When Albany Animal Control was about to get involved with Brower, she moved back across county lines to her North Albany home again, Mullin said.

Case Updates
Brower pleaded guilty to 10 counts of animal neglect. She is prohibited from owning any domestic animals for five years and she agreed to forfeit all the dogs and puppies seized. She must submit to a psychological evaluation and follow-up treatment. She was ordered to have no contact with the dogs seized from her. In exchange, she will not serve any jail time.
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This is just senseless and humanly wrong.

Treating Dogs Like Garbage: Illegal Disposal Revealed at Missouri Puppy Mills

Missourians for the Protection of Dogs today released a follow-up report to its Oct. 5 exposé on 12 of the worst licensed puppy mills in the state—a “Dirty Dozen” review that leaves no doubt that Missouri is in fact the “puppy mill capital of America.” This latest set of findings—released at press events today in four cities—zeroes in on the widespread and illegal dumping of dead dogs, sometimes buried or burned in mass graves, by Missouri puppy mills and the middlemen who profit from their sale.

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We have long known that mills impose unrelieved and extreme confinement on dogs in small, often overcrowded and squalid wire cages. We also know that the dogs never get a glimpse or even a sniff of a licensed veterinarian, and are essentially left on their own when their health fails them. And they are also often left to suffer the harsh effects of the elements—confined in outside cages that hardly shelter them from the fierce winds of winter or the unrelenting heat of summer. Now, we have unearthed yet another ugly side of a system rife with cruelty from cradle to grave—the huge number of dogs who die before they can even be shipped to a pet store. The report examines state and federal documents, including graphic photographs from public agencies and the Humane Society of Missouri, that reveal large numbers of dead dogs and illegal disposal of their bodies. In terms of volume, it appears that nobody beats the Hunte Corporation, the largest broker of puppy mill dogs in the nation. According to reports, Hunte may have illegally disposed of hundreds of pounds of dead dogs each month, and that could amount to more than 1,000 dogs a year from this one facility. Here’s the full report and some troubling images.

It’s yet another body of evidence that Prop B is the right policy reform for Missouri, and that the puppy mill industry has lost any semblance of decency in its treatment of animals. A correction is long overdue, and if the good people of Missouri see the issue clearly, there will be a moral and political reckoning for this cruelest of industries on Tuesday.

September 2009 raid revealed this dead dog on a pile of trash at a Rolla, Mo. puppy mill   Evidence at the scene of this mass grave near Lebanon, Mo. suggested the dogs were connected with a local mill
A September 2009 raid revealed this dead dog on a pile of trash at a Rolla, Mo. puppy mill. Humane Society of Missouri      Evidence at the scene of this mass grave near Lebanon, Mo. suggested the dogs were connected with a local mill. Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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   71 Dogs Removed from Missouri Puppy Mill

On September 21, the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team in conjunction with the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) removed 71 dogs from an overrun puppy mill in Camden County, MO. The dogs—who include Dachshunds, Maltese, Shih Tzus, Lhasa Apsos, Huskies and Boxers—were transferred to the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri in Springfield and HSMO in St. Louis, where they received medical treatment and will be cared for until they’re ready for adoption.

“This case was unique in that the dogs were voluntarily relinquished by the kennel owner who could no longer afford to feed them,” explains Tim Rickey, ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response.  Known as the “Puppy Mill Capital of America,” Missouri is home to more than 3,000 commercial dog breeding facilities and supplies more than 40 percent of all dogs sold in pet stores nationwide. “The dogs, often very ill, are forced to live in overcrowded, filthy conditions.”

In an effort to end the many cruelties associated with puppy mills, the ASPCA, a founding member of Missourians for the Protection of Dogs/YES! on Prop. B, is supporting Proposition B, also known as the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. This landmark measure, which will appear on the state’s November ballot, promotes the humane treatment of dogs in Missouri’s large-scale commercial breeding kennels. If passed, Prop B would limit the number of breeding dogs to 50 per facility, and would require large-scale breeders to sufficient food, water and space for the animals under their care.

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20 dogs seized from home of alleged Tampa puppy mill.

TAMPA — Hillsborough County Animal Services officers seized 20 dogs living in deplorable conditions Tuesday December 29, 2009 from a woman forbidden to own any dogs at all. In February, a judge ordered Patricia Dickson, 73, to part with her dogs and to own no more than three cats after she was cited for a third offense of not having valid registrations and current rabies vaccinations for her dogs. But Tuesday, animal control officers acting on an anonymous tip found 19 poodles and a chow chow mix living in unsanitary conditions in a small space in Dickson's home at 810 Lexington Blvd., said Pam Perry, the investigations manager for Hillsborough County Animal Services. Dickson faces two felony charges and 20 misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty, said Marti Ryan, a spokeswoman for Animal Services. The dogs were living amid their own waste, Perry said. Dickson had confined them to the kitchen, where pieces of urine-soaked cardboard served as beds, Perry said. The dogs, including four 6-week-old puppies and six dogs older than 9, suffer from coccidia and whipworms — parasites caused by eating in the same place they defecate — as well as cataracts, hair loss and more, Ryan said. Animal control officers discovered Dickson was breeding dogs after an anonymous tip from a potential puppy buyer, citing deplorable living conditions for the dogs, Perry said. Dickson said she admits the dogs could be healthier but does not have the money to take care of them properly. She said she had plans to euthanize the older dogs but found she could not afford it. "The old dogs are in bad shape, but the young dogs just need a haircut, that's it," she said. John Watts, Dickson's neighbor for the past 20 years, defended her. "If she had the money, she would have had them all groomed," he said. Perry said the number of animals in Dickson's care is the main problem. "It's just an overwhelming situation where she has too many animals to care for," Perry said. There currently are no plans to euthanize the dogs, Perry said. Because Dickson said she will not voluntarily give up her dogs, Animal Services will fight for custody in court, a process that could take three months, Perry said. Officers also found three birds and a sugar glider, a small marsupial, in Dickson's home, and at least three cats on her property, Perry said. Animal Services did not take those away. Dickson has been warned multiple times for rabies and tag violations, Ryan said. In 2003, a judge dismissed a case against Dickson for not having valid registration for her dogs. Dickson also was fined for an animal consumer guarantee violation, which Ryan said was probably a complaint by a buyer of a sick puppy. "We've been trying to work with her, but at this time it's got to stop,"

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Almost Heaven Kennels Derbe Eckhart has numerous Convictions

Also known as: Skip Eckhart, Derbe Smith
Business/Organization: Almost Heaven Kennels
Gender: Male
Approximate Age: 42
Location: Emmaus, PA (US)


Jun 23, 2009 - Emmaus, PA (US)
Alleged: 200 dogs seized for kennel/dog-law violations
Feb 6, 2009 - Emmaus, PA (US)
Alleged: Operating boarding kennel after license refusal
Oct 1, 2008 - Emmaus, PA (US)
Alleged: Puppy mill - 800 animals, 125 seized
Jul 19, 2006 - Emmaus, PA (US)
Not Charged: Housing exotic animals
Aug 2004 - Emmaus, PA (US)
Civil Case: Dog breeders given lifetime ban by AKC

Sentence: Fined $100 each for 32 citations for cruelty to animals; sentenced to 2 to 10 months in Carbon County Prison for allowing unsanitary conditions at the kennel.... more...

Lifetime ban from AKC

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Massive Puppy Mill Raid in TN – Almost 700 Dogs – VIDEO

Puppy Mill raid in TNYesterday’s raid on Pine Bluff Kennels on Ed Lyell Road in Hickman County, TN, is believed to be “largest puppy mill rescue ever conducted in Tennessee” according the the HSUS. A variety of breeds of dogs were rescued from conditions described as “extremely poor,” typical of a ‘puppy mill’.

Many dogs were suffering from obvious illness and injuries such as skin conditions, eye injuries and broken bones. It’s believed that many dogs were never let out of their cages. Many were without waters and there was a build-up of feces. Dead dogs as well as dogs very close to death were found.

“We are looking at about 700 animals right now, maybe more will be added to that count,” said Stephanie Shain, director of the Humane Society’s Stop Puppy Mills campaign. “The conditions are extremely poor. They are typical of a breeding operation like this, what we call a puppy mill.” Officials and volunteers found about 200 puppies. The rest of the dogs were used for breeding.

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Tennessee’s most notorious puppy miller and part of the largest puppy mill bust in Tennessee’s history.  10 years in prison. After her prison sentence, she will be banned from ever owning another animal or even working with any organizations that deal with animals. Patricia Adkisson was convicted of 14 counts of aggravated animal cruelty and 16 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. These charges stemmed from allegations that Adkisson neglected hundreds of dogs kept in her mass breeding business, Pine Bluff Puppies. Upon sentencing, the Judge noted the court found there was an indefensible treatment of animals and that Adkisson exhibits a low value for life in general.



kathybauck1I’m gonna make this one quick because I am disappointed and disgusted.  The verdict came in today on Kathy Bauck, owner of Pick of the Litter Kennel, or I should say previous owner because she transferred ownership to her husband and daughter and is listed only as an employee now.  She was acquitted on the two most serious charges, two felony animal abuse charges but she was convicted of the four misdemeanor charges, one animal cruelty and three counts of torture.

There’s no doubt that only being convicted of misdemeanors her sentence will be minimal and she’ll be back to torturing and abusing dogs again. While on the stand she threw as much blame for everything that she possibly could on Jason Smith, the man who shot the undercover video which showed some of the most appalling and horrific images of life inside a puppy mill.  She claimed he sabotaged her operation in effect causing many of the problems. She had an excuse for pretty much everything.  You can read more of the detail of her testimony in The Fergus Falls Journal.  She really paints herself as a victim, targeted.  Hmmph! Bauck was arrested in August of 2008 and initially charged with 9 counts of felony animal cruelty, torture, and practicing veterinary medicine without a license. She also has a history of complaints and citations. You can read much more background, including all the original charges HERE and more information, including the infamous video which her lawyer attempted to have suppressed, HERE. Sadly, between her arrest and the trial, charges were dismissed and downgraded and now we see the final verdict.  Last Saturday Bauck was at the Buckeye Dog Auction in Ohio getting rid of over 200 dogs and is also expected to be back at the auction in May to dump more dogs. A sentencing hearing will be held April 24 following recommendations from Otter Tail County Probation. This bitch can say what she will, try to lay blame wherever she can get away with but she has more then a decade history of abuse and the only innocent victims are the dogs and puppies in her kennel from hell.

Massive puppy mill raided in Hickman County Nashville TN.

Nearly 700 dogs were rescued from a massive puppy mill operation in Hickman County Wednesday. The dogs were seized from a 92-acre farm on Ed Lyell Road in Lyles, about 55 minutes west of Nashville, after they were found to be living in deplorable conditions. Officials reported the dogs were crammed into cages and crates littered with feces, with little or no food and water. In addition to the hundreds of dogs, several other animals were also seized. Some were also found dead. The raid is being called the largest animal rescue ever conducted in Tennessee. The district attorney said they were led to the farm, known as Pine Bluff Kennels, after receiving several tips. Over 100 volunteers helped transport the rescued animals to a makeshift shelter where they will receive the proper veterinary care. Investigators believe the breeder was selling the dogs online. She will be given 15 days after her first court date to post a seizure bond on the animals. If she is unable to post bond, the animals will be surrendered to Hickman County, placed in Humane Society shelters and be put up for adoption. An investigation several years ago surrounded the same Hickman County farm. While there was court action, there were no convictions. No arrests have been made or charges filed in Wednesday's raid.

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Puppies 'Viewed as Livestock' in Amish Community, Says Rescue Advocate

Exclusive Access: Cutting-Edge Facilities or Puppy Factories?

The Amish are widely viewed as plain, peaceful people. Reclusive and private, most people only catch glimpses of them as they make their way through the hills of Pennsylvania's Dutch County in buggies.  A "Nightline" investigation into a secret world in Amish Country. But some of their perfectly manicured farms are home to a secret world. Lancaster County has been called the puppy mill capital of the U.S., and the trade is largely dominated by the Amish. It is a world most people never see, but undercover video shot by Main Line Animal Rescue provides a startling look. Hundreds of puppies can be seen stacked in crate on top of crate. Most of those puppies will eventually be sold to pet stores, but their mothers will likely never know a home other than this. The female breeders live their life producing litter after litter... until they can't any longer. Bill Smith, the founder of Main Line Animal Rescue, says that the dogs are then disposed of -- sometimes euthanized, sometimes shot. And it's perfectly legal.


"Unfortunately if a kennels breeds less than 60 dogs they can shoot them," he said. "If it's over 60 dogs they can't be shot." That's why Smith spends so much time driving the country roads of Amish country, rescuing dogs from breeders. On the day "Nightline" visited, he convinced an Amish farmer to give him a female golden retriever who could no longer breed, in exchange for some free dog food. The dog -- who spent her life in a cage -- struggled to walk. "When they come out of the rabbit hutches they walk like crabs because they don't know what it's like to walk on a proper surface," Smith said. "They drag their bodies." There are about 300 licensed breeders in Lancaster County, and rescue workers estimate another 600 unlicensed facilities operate in barns and sheds. Those breeders go to great measures to avoid discovery. Smith says some even "de-bark" their dogs. "The farmers, the Amish and the Mennonites, they pull the heads back and then they hammer sharp instruments down their throats to scar their vocal cords so they can't bark," he said. "So that way they can have 500-600 dogs in a barn and no one knows. As we said, it's an industry of secrecy." Secretive and profitable. Breeders can make upwards of half million dollars a year. The Amish breeders sell the dogs at auctions and the puppies at pet stores.

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