ASPCA Rescues Dogs from a Michigan Puppy Mill
The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) visited my state of Michigan recently, helping to rescue over 150 dogs from horrific conditions.
Jack Russells, Border Collies, and Shiba Inus were forced to live outside in mud hole cages with no clean water and a plastic bin for shelter.
According to an article in the Detroit Free Press, the owner claims he is not a Puppy Mill, but a "large breeder," and a person that loved these dogs, fed them everyday, and things just got out of control. He states that the dogs were bred, and puppies were sold to individual families, not brokers or dealers that sell to pet stores.
He even described the dogs as his fur "kids," and plans on filing a lawsuit against the ASPCA.
ASPCA stepped in, rescued all the dogs from the property, and are currently working with rescue groups and the humane society to help place these dogs into their forever homes.
Do you think he is justified in his lawsuit? Would you consider this a Puppy Mill, or a reputable breeder that let things get out of control? Does your state have laws that protect animals against Puppy Mill cruelty?