Huge puppy mill closing - hundreds of dogs going to auction
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St. Louis, MO - Missouri is home to some of the worst puppy mills in the nation. A recent report released by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), "Missouri's Dirty Dozen", includes the name of one such puppy mill that is shutting down its business.
Bonnie and Herman Schindler, owners of Mettoville Kennels, aka Teacher's Pets, received a title of "dishonorable mention" by the HSUS. The good news is that these people will no longer be in the puppy mill business. The bad news is that they are auctioning off upwards of 800 dogs and puppies at the end of the month.
800 dogs and puppies that were not viewed as living creatures - instead, they were a means to a profitable end - livestock. Dogs that now are going to be sold off to the highest bidder. The list of available dog breeds is extensive - it includes German shepherds, Maltese, Papillon, Lhasa Apso, Pomeranians, and more.
Rescuers are scrambling to make arrangements for these dogs. They are fearful that the dogs will be purchased by other puppy mills and that their lives will be a continuation of the past hell that they have had to endure.
The auction is scheduled to take place on Friday, October 29, starting at 9:00 am, and continuing on Saturday, October 30, in Mexico, Missouri. One local rescue, Act Now! Rescue in St. Louis, is gathering funds and foster homes so that they can attempt to secure as many dogs as possible at the auction.
Other rescues are making arrangements to arrive with volunteers and vans - the common goal is to obtain as many dogs as possible before they fall into the hands of other breeders. Everyone is in agreement - these dogs deserve to know a life of love. They deserve compassion.
If you are unfamiliar with the conditions frequently encountered at a puppy mill, please read the HSUS Dirty Dozen report. It graphically describes dog after dog, kept in filthy, deplorable conditions.
Dogs housed in wire cages that cut into feet. Dogs kept outdoors in freezing temperatures without adequate shelter. Dogs suffering from filthy, matted coats. Dogs brutally murdered when they were no longer useful. The sad list goes on, and on, and on.
A Chip-In donation fund has been created for this massive rescue effort. Individuals interested in donating to this cause can click here. A Yahoo "Auction Dog Rescue" group has also been established. Individuals interested in learning more about how they can directly help the dogs can join the group.
The listing from the actual auction reads:
2 COMPLETE SELLOUTS! 2 FULL DAYS!
TEACHER'S PETS Herman & Bonnie Schindler (573) 581-4300
CONRAD'S CUDDLY CANINES Lori Conrad (573) 784-9817
12736 AUDRAIN Rd 841, Mexico, MO. 65265
DATES OF SALE: FRIDAY, OCT. 29th & SATURDAY, OCT. 30th, 2010
STARTING TIME BOTH DAYS: 9:00 AM
LOCATION: MEXICO, MISSOURI
Rain or Shine! Sales will be under Tent! Concessions will be available!
Please share this article with others. Even if you are not able to directly help one of these abused dogs, you can help to educate people about the dirty background of puppy mills.
If you have ever purchased a puppy from a pet store, you have more than likely purchased from a puppy mill such as those that are listed in the HSUS report. Do not support these businesses - they are cruel, inhumane, and they contribute to the massive over-crowding at shelters throughout the nation. Adopt your next companion - save a life.
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my own two cents: BAN PUPPY MILLS NOW!!!!