The following letter was written to Harley from a loyal supporter. Please read:
“Dear Harley – I did something today. I just brought home a year-old pup, Miniature Pinscher, little girl, not spayed yet. I was looking for a new friend since I lost my beloved Spunky in October. I searched at rescues, and found none close. I contacted a couple of breeders in the area for “imperfect” or retired breeding stock. I found this little girl, and she was offered to me free. I had no idea what I was in for. I went there, and in the living room was a battery of 8 cages, on top of each other, just like you described. There were two rooms, doors closed, with a lot of barking. I went by the basement door, and heard yet more barking. I bet there were at least 50 dogs in that house. I was in a puppy mill. A “nice” puppy mill, but a mill nonetheless. This little girl was a couple of weeks away from being euthanized as she has a regurgitation problem. The lady needed to have knee surgery and would not be able to feed her in her “princess chair” where she stands up to eat. She is nearly starved. She is so thin her spine is sticking up. I am so sad.. So disgusted that this is ok. She said the AKC would be visiting her soon as she had so many dollars in sales, and so many litters, they would be doing an inspection, so had to be sure the paperwork was all correct, and so she made a contract for the free sale of this little dog.
“The whole time I was thinking of what you’ve taught me Harley … the size of the cages is just as you said. Just a few inches taller and a few inches longer than the dogs in them. None are potty trained. They are all desperately calling for attention, yet get none. They may have a few minutes loose in the house but most of their time they are in those cages. The house, and Elsa, smell of disinfectant and essential oils used to cover up the smell of the urine and excrement. She is safe.”
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