Home
Print|Email|Text Size: ||
Puppy Mill Bust
Pages:

Pages

A degree of understanding even toward perpetrators is encouraged by Officer Diaz and Brandon Hatch, both of whom believe few people start out with the intent of inflicting devastating harm on animals. But when commonsense barriers drop and greed takes over, innocent victims are left rotting in their own waste. They are deprived of the most basic sensory stimulation necessary for any living being capable of feeling pain, misery and fear.

Cicourel hopes the high-profile stories in Washington and elsewhere fuel support for continued activism that will eventually stop unnecessary suffering. People who buy or adopt animals as pets are searching for well-tempered companions. Though through an inordinate amount of care and socialization, dogs from puppy mills may become these companions, many fall devastatingly short.

My heart sank listening to Cicourel’s impassioned tale. In the shelter, I’d cared for a select group of relatively fortunate victims snatched from the confines of mass breeders. But it wasn’t hard to get to the place she hinted at—a world of despair she likened to concentration camps.

“They all have this spiritless persona. They’re like ghosts; they look right through you,” Cicourel said. “They’re empty and broken. It’s one of the most gut-wrenching things I’ve ever seen.”

 

 

 

Pages:

Pages

Print|Email
Jan Rodak is a former newspaper reporter (and prolific dog-sitter) living in northwest Washington state.

Photograph, puppy in hand: Scott Terrell/Skagit Valley Herald
Photograph, paw on wire: Dan Brandenburg

More From The Bark

Doggie Dependence Debate
By
Kelly Oliver
By
Carol Guzy
By
The Bark
By
Sheila Pell
Nora Livingstone
By
Jayme Moye
adolcevitarescue.com
By
The Bark
More in Humane:
Why Foster? Make a Dog Ready for a New Home
Q&A with Hilary Swank
Pinups for Pitbulls—Serious Dedication with a Retro Vibe
Rolling Dog Ranch
Southern Dogs
Q&A with the Inmate Trainers of Freedom Tails
No Kill Nation
Saving City Dogs
Go Walk Shelter Dogs
Sanctuary Trend in Sheltering