SPCA seizes animals living in 'horrible conditions' at puppy mill

Jenny Doren, WFAA

 October 31, 2014

McKINNEY – They were caged, chained and fighting for life. Dozens of dogs are now being nursed back to health in McKinney after being rescued from filth in an east Texas home.

Investigators rolled up on a sad sight near Gilmer on Wednesday. "Miserable," is how SPCA of Texas spokeswoman Stephanie Knight described the conditions.

"We don't even know if she's been getting any sleep because she itches so often," she said of one of the worst off German Shepherds.

Puppy Zone conditions raise concerns


Published: Tue Oct 28, 2014

If you are a UT student and have an Instagram account, you've likely come across the notorious Puppy Zone picture: beaming students cuddling adorable puppies with their friends on a weekend afternoon.

"I come here to look at the cute puppies and play with them," Sydney Moore, an undecided freshman, said. "They're always so happy to see people and always so fun and playful."

For some, however, the atmosphere and reputation of Puppy Zone may not be so cute and cuddly.

Montgomery County moves to ban ‘puppy and kitten mill’ animals from pet stores

October 27, 2014

By: Rebecca Cooper

Montgomery County could become the first local jurisdiction to prohibit pet stores from selling animals sourced from so-called "puppy and kitten mills."

A bill set to be introduced in the Montgomery County Council on Tuesday stipulates that pet stores would only be allowed to sell dogs or cats obtained from animal shelters or nonprofit rescue organizations.

In More Cities, That Doggie In The Window Is Not For Sale

By: Greg Allen

October 21, 2014

"All stores — 99 percent of them — sell what's called puppy mill dogs, or large-scale commercial breeder dogs," she says. "Yes, they're USDA, but that means nothing, as we've come to see."

That phrase — puppy mill — is loaded and controversial. Lazarow says it includes any large-scale breeding operation that places monetary value over the welfare of the animal.

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