Fwd: HSUS RELEASE: New Puppy Mill Task Force Formed by The Humane Society of the United States
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>New Puppy Mill Task Force Formed by The Humane Society of the United States
>>July 2, 2009
>>The Humane Society of the United States is expanding its long-standing
>>campaign to combat abusive "puppy mills" - where suffering dogs are
>>held captive in cages and bred virtually nonstop to supply unscrupulous
>>merchants with a steady cash-crop of puppies.
>>Countless numbers of Americans are unwitting conspirators in this chain
>>of misery when they buy puppies from pet stores and Internet sellers.
>>The goal of the new HSUS "Wilde Puppy Mill Task Force" will be to provide
>>expert guidance to local law enforcement agencies and support other
>>HSUS experts in the investigation and execution of raids on inhumane
>>puppy mills wherever they exist. The task force represents a dramatic
>>expansion of HSUS resources and is made possible by a generous
>>donation from the Kenneth and Lillian Wilde Estate.
>>"This kind-hearted gift means a lasting legacy for Mrs. And Mr. Wilde -
>>starting right now far fewer dogs will spend their lives in misery,
>>without human kindness, without space to run, without decent care,"
>>said Stephanie Shain, The HSUS' senior director of the puppy mills
>>campaign. "Dogs deserve better, far better. The Wilde Estate will help
>>in this important campaign to see that they get it."
>>As a first-step, The Humane Society of the United States has hired
>>Justin Scally to act as the deputy manager of the new task force. Scally
>>has a background in investigating animal cruelty and animal sheltering,
>>and was previously director of Wayne County Animal Control in North
>>Carolina. He and other members of the task force, who have yet to be
>>hired, will work with The HSUS' emergency services and investigations
>>teams to expand the organization's capacity to rescue animals from
>>these squalid puppy mills. The task force will soon institute a
>>nationwide telephone "tip line" so the public can report inhumane
>>puppy mill abuses.
>>Lynn and John Hook, the co-trustees of the Wilde Estate, issued a
>>joint statement saying, "Lillian and Kenny had a deep love for puppies
>>and despised cruelty to pets. The Wildes would be so pleased to know
>>that their legacy created this worthy group."
>Puppy Mill Facts
>>Dogs from puppy mills are sold in pet stores, online and directly to
>>consumers with little to no regard for the dog's health, genetic history
>>or future welfare. Consumers should never buy a puppy from a pet
>>store or Internet site; instead visit an animal shelter, breed rescue
>>group, or screen a breeder's facility in person.
>>Dogs at puppy mills typically receive little to no medical care, live in
>>squalid conditions with no exercise, socialization or human interaction
>>and are confined inside cramped wire cages for life.
>>Breeding dogs at puppy mills must endure constant breeding cycles
>>and are typically confined for years on end, without ever becoming part
>>of a family. There is little regard for the dogs' health or any genetic
>>conditions that may be passed on to the puppies.
>>The HSUS supports compassionate breeders who provide for their dog's
>>physical and mental well-being. Quality breeders don't sell puppies
>>through pet stores or over the Internet.
>>More about puppy mills: www.humanesociety.org/puppymills