“This work of investigative journalism exposes the shameful facts behind the thriving and lucrative large-kennel dog breeding industry that supplies those cute (but often unhealthy) puppies to pet stores and on internet sites. Through a case study of one notorious raid on a Pennsylvania puppy mill in 2006, the author details the deplorable conditions commonly found at these kennels, and the suffering of the animals imprisoned there. Though the circumstances leading to many such raids are grim, happy endings can be in store for the rescued dogs such as Gracie, who found a patient and loving home to counter her past life of continuous breeding, suffering, and neglect. Notes of hope are also found in the passage of more stringent dog laws in individual states, which can follow on the heels of increased public awareness when substandard breeding operations are exposed. This book deserves to be read by as many people as possible, to spread the word never to buy a puppy from a pet store or a questionable internet site. In addition, if the awareness of the plight of these dogs spurs a person to want to adopt and care for a physically and emotionally damaged survivor, I can personally attest to what a richly rewarding experience that can be.”
–Terri, Resource Services
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