One of the most frequently asked questions these days on our PR group is about the possible identification of a puppy mill. What should you do?
PMR does not personally do puppymill investigations, however, here are a few suggestions on who in your area might be able to help.
There should be a state veterinarian for your state. That should be one of your first phone calls.
Check for local chapters of the SPCA, the Humane Society, and even PETA. You can find information about these organizations on the internet.
Also, contact the local animal control officer. This is often associated with the local police department.
Contact any breed rescue organizations that you can find. You can check out this web site for a pretty extensive list of rescue groups: If there are none in your area, contact either the national rescue or one nearby.
Contact the local media - your newspapers, radio and TV stations. Call or email the news desks. Some TV stations have special departments that deal with public awareness. They might be able to help.
Contact some of the local veterinary offices in your town. They may have contact information on who you can contact to report abuse.
Don't give up. One of the members on our list recently came across a similar situation, and the authorities were able to shut down a very bad situation and save many, many dogs and puppies.
I Think I Found a Puppy Mill, what do I do?
Sable Anne’s Tiny Steps of Progress by Eileen
“…she was being silly and was begging for a belly rub.”
show that even after 3 years they do continue to grow and learn about safety and love. Thankfully most do not take this amount of time.
Sometimes progress is slow in the mill dog as it rehabilitates. It takes enormous patience for some and others flourish in a very short time. Every one of them is different. And, while littermates may be released at the same time, one may adjust well, while the other takes longer.
When people wonder how our foster moms and dads do what they do, just one little step of progress keeps the bright ray of hope that each one of these survivors can live a happier life in freedom.
Summer 2008 ● Volume 2, Issue 1 ● Puppy Mill Rescue ● www.puppymillrescue.com
Sable Anne has come yet another step forward.
She is a beautiful long Haired Chihuahua that has been out of the mill for almost 3 years. I am her second foster home. She was a terrified dog that only lived on the fringe of life for many, many months; watching from her safe place, fearful and sad. She started to progress by TINY steps forward. The last year she has been much better and has been out and about, now comes for pets and even slaps at me for them if I am busy or petting another. She is always at my feet and often trips me. Sable has always enjoyed several of the dogs here. The Poodles are her favorites.
Recently, she was on the bed, where she now sleeps, she was being silly begging for a belly rub. I almost cried... she got a really long one; she was so happy and silly.
She is still shy around visitors but to have her doing this is just so wonderful. It goes to