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Puppy mill raids near Montreal

Just back from the Montreal SPCA. Omg. You may have heard there were 2 raids on puppy mills near Montreal in the past week. Quebec has the worst record for mills seeing as the laws are not applied aggressively and there are never enough inspectors. We need the law to change, but it's taking forever!

It's great these dogs get a new lease on life and that they saved about 300 of them in both seizures, but the shelter is incredibly overwhelmed with the care these animals need. I volunteered to help out this morning and was there from 8-2. It is HARD, but you put on latex gloves, you get in the cages and scrape off the poop, the pee soaked paper, wash everything and hold on to these emaciated, trembling, scab-crusted, abused dogs and try not to think with your heart, but rather focus on the future these dogs have now.

They are almost all purebreds (from chihuahuas and maltese to huskies and great danes), used as puppy machines, bitches with teats down to their knees, and every rib and hip bone showing. They have eye and ear infec'ns, bad and missing teeth, patches of fur missing, feet splayed from living on wire for years, nails curled under because they've never been trimmed, scabs and scars from God only knows what .... and more.....

After two hours of cleaning, feeding and giving water, we then took them out one or two at a time to give them some loving and socializing. I was in the room with the smaller dogs (there are way too many of them!) as it's too hard for me to move larger dogs around and often had two Maltese or mini poodles at a time, sitting on my lap, walking them in the hallway to give them a break from the constant barking and howling from the others. They can't go outdoors yet, as their immune systems need a bit of time to get stronger - though I can only imagine the bacteria and germs that are INSIDE the shelter, compared to outdoors! It's too bad, as these dogs are now so used to eliminating in their cages and in hallways, that it will take time to housetrain them. Some have been doing that in their wire cages for years! Some nestled so tightly against me and wouldn't move a muscle, they were so terrified. I just kept on rubbing them, soothing them and hoped they felt a little bit of that.

But then... there are those dogs that are friendly, that love you just because and cant' get enough of ear scratchies and belly rubs, with their butts and tails wagging so hard and they give you hope. They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but I don't believe that. Sure it will be tough for some of the new owners of these dogs, but it's not impossible. And yeah, I did want to bring home a couple of them. There were NO Havanese and I'm very grateful for that as it means they aren't on the "gotta have one" list for most people.

There were 3 Great Danes, one a new mom whose last puppy left today. She's skin and bones, but a beautiful beast no matter what. I love the GD's, but they are HUGE ! This one, Dolly, is a real pussy cat. lol

I had to change before coming home, left my filthy shoes outside so I don't track anything into the house that might harm my own animals and will be scouring in the shower as soon as I can. I have someone coming over in a short while for an estimate on getting our living room floor varnished. Since most everything is out of the room, it would be a good time to do it! Once he's gone, I'm getting into the shower and have myself a good cry. But you know what? I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Sure wish I was physically stronger. Too bad I'm working full time all week (the store owners are going bird hunting). I'll call the SPCA next week to see if I can go then.

So, please, PLEASE, tell everyone you know to stop buying puppies in pet stores!! IF the pups are from shelters, fine, encourage them, but do ask questions, demand to know names, locations and numbers of breeders so you can check yourself. Spread the word.

Go SEE where the pups are born and raised and think of their moms and dads that live for months, and YEARS in wire crates, crowded, unloved, starved and sick only to be dumped, dead, in a pile once they no longer make money for the operators. The 18 yr. old at the pet shop is paid to tell you what his boss tells him. Question, question, question!

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Oh Marj, there are no words to express the outrage your story brings. Those poor animals. Thank you and your fellow volunteers for being there for them. A moment of compassion can mean so much. I cannot imagine what kind of human being can treat animals the way these puppy millers do.
I know it broke your heart and you deserve your good cry.
I hope things work out for as many of the pups as possible.


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Thank you Marj!

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Oh Marj
What a beautiful thing you did. Thank you. Those poor babies have probably never experienced loving arms around them before. I imagine you saw things that you will never forget in this lifetime. The horror of puppy mills is truly too much for me to handle. I think I will go have a good cry too.
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Marj....that is awesome!

I'm sitting here thinking that I would have loved to do that, but also knowing it takes a lot of strength and I think I would be a disaster during the whole experience. I'm so happy you had the strength to give those babies some love!

A few weekends ago, me and my boyfriend were checking out a unique grocery store about 30-40 mins from our home. There was a pet shop next door so we decided to stop to see if there were any new toys or treats we could buy. What we didn't know or realize before we went in, that it was a PetLand and there were so many babies in there. I know where they come from and we had to leave the store because I was crying even seeing them in the store. I wished I could give them all love and hugs and kisses. Their eyes looked so sad and innocent. It was heartbreaking.

I really think you did an awesome thing helping those babies! Thanks!
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Marj, I think SaydeeMomma said it best, "I imagine you saw things that in this lifetime, you'll never forget." It made my blood boil and run cold at the same time. I want to kill these people. Ha and I thought I was against killing.
Can hardly wait to get home and hug my little puppymill baby.
Marj, again, thank you.


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I wish I lived closer. I'd be there in a heartbeat. These poor babies so need to know there is love in the world and they are entitled to it. I'll pray for them that they wind up in loving homes and can start life over. It's criminal that the people in the puppy mill business can keep on keeping on. I do get incensed every time I hear a story like this, but right now I'm more heartbroken. God bless them and their care givers.

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Marj bless you for helping out with the shelter. I would love to volunteer and help those poor babies.

I cant believe how greedy and cruel people are that they would do this to innocent trusting animals. I cant wait for puppy mills to be extinct because every story like this breaks my heart.

I try to tell everyone I talk to about the disgusting practices of pet stores and where the dogs come from. So sad.

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Thank you, Marj. I am crying right along with you. I look at my furbabies and can't imagine how anyone can treat them that way. It makes me sick to my stomach.

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Bless you Marj! You're an angel!
That must have been so hard, but you did it anyway.
Thank you!


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