200 Dogs Rescued from Tennessee Puppy Mill

by Mary Haight on April 25, 2010

Photo credit: Kathy Milani/The HSUS

Photo credit: Kathy Milani/The HSUS

Gayla’s Poodle Palace in Sparta TN was less palace, more hovel as the seat of an internet and newspaper puppy mill fraud on the public. White County Sheriff’s Department called in HSUS to lead the rescue work .  More than 200 dogs were rescued from a small home originally reported by concerned neighbors to be living in unsanitary conditions and in need of medical care.

United Animal Nations and the White County Humane Society are working with HSUS to set up the emergency and temporary shelter where the vet exams and treatment will be given.  HSUS will care for the animals until they are transferred to partner shelters.

 

This is great work and we all love that the dogs are getting cleaned up and provided the medical help they need, en route to being transferred to local shelters for eventual adoption. There is something HSUS could do this time that they have not in previous busts: Help promote the shelters who take the dogs, name them on their site, and mention them in their TV ads – HSUS can always refer people to their website where they name the vital partners involved. That would be the transparency and leadership that would make a fundamental difference, especially to the shelters working the problem. The fundraising part of HSUS operations is where most criticism of the organization originates. This was one of my New Year’s wishes that I had not had a chance to publish.

Thirteen States have passed laws to try to crack down on the puppy mills according to HSUS. Please don’t buy your pets at pet shops. This just perpetuates the business of creating factory puppies and kitties. Supply and demand is all they understand.

(Source: Unleashed Baltimore Sun Blog)

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12 comments
Steven Simpson
Steven Simpson

We got one of the poodles.he is so pitiful malnourished and weak he doesn't even know what to do with himself outside a cage.they should charge the woman for every dime of expense even though shed never pay a penny.she knew exactly what she was doing;trying to breed the perfect teacup and boxing up the "culls".one good thing out of this is that maybe some great people who might not be able to afford to buy a poodle can give an awsome dog a good home

Hillary, HSUS
Hillary, HSUS

Hi Mary - I'll pass along your feedback. I think the bigger picture issue for our organization is that, as you probably know, our involvement with shelters is only one part of our broader mission, which includes tackling lab animal welfare, trophy hunting, marine mammal protection, factory farming, and so on. I believe our television ads reflect this diversity. The most recent one I saw was featured on Animal Planet and included images of cows, horses, and seals, as well as pit bulls scarred by dogfighting and dogs removed from puppy mills. All of these animals are related to core HSUS campaigns and deserve to be well-funded too.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Hi Hillary, and thanks for providing this information. I was thinking of the more unusual step of including their names in your fundraising commercials so that they become very public partners in the two missions that are being served. I know this is counter-intuitive. It's why I said it was radical. This would have a high impact value especially for the smaller shelters located in poor areas of the country that could use the boost, and it would do a service to general interest in adopting. There's the added benefit of identifying on an ongoing basis which groups handle these dogs, you could provide and control a badge for the websites of groups who are your partners and that would have an ongoing benefit for them. It's always good to show how you work in your own industry with other groups and since you are the biggest group with the widest reach it's something that works to enhance HSUS's brand. The fundraising commercials have been the source of the most controversy for some time now, and it seems to me to be the most direct route to changing minds and perceptions. Thanks again for stopping by.

Hillary, HSUS
Hillary, HSUS

Hi Mary - We absolutely agree that our organization needs to be promoting/publicizing the shelters that accept dogs from puppy mills cases (or any other large-scale cruelty case). Our standard practice is to list the names of participating shelters in our website stories and to include these groups in our press releases and media events. For example, the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago has accepted 80+ dogs from the Tennessee case, and yesterday a joint media advisory prompted strong local coverage for the shelter. Also check outhttp://www.humanesociety.org/news/dispatch/2010/0... The list of groups taking in dogs is at the bottom of the story below the video. These investigations couldn't be successful without the generous cooperation of local (and further afield) shelters, and we greatly appreciate their assistance.

veryvizsla
veryvizsla

I'm just amused that the local animal enforcement had to be told about 200 dogs living in one house. You think they would have just been able to follow their noses to stench from the yard. Gross.

Rod@GoPetFriendly
Rod@GoPetFriendly

How about posting on the interet the names of the businesses that bought the puppies? Soft of like how some cities post the names of Johns in prostitution busts. Now that would be some transparency!

egoebelbecker
egoebelbecker

I hope your wish comes true, but I won't be holding my breath.

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