Every day, hundreds of families go to pet shops to get a new addition to the family. But where do those adorable little puppies and fuzzy kittens really come from? Most come from puppy miles.
Every day, hundreds of families go to pet shops to get a new addition to the family. But where do those adorable little puppies and fuzzy kittens really come from? Most come from puppy miles. Most come from backyard breeders. Most were taken from their mothers hours after they are born. Most will end up in shelters, abandoned by their owners for "problems" the owners don't want to address or deal with. But these are just some of the minor issues that animals have. And they are all forms in one way or another of animal abuse.
I had the great privilege to interview the Denver Dumb Friends League's (DDFL) Chief Cruelty Investigator, Norm Renter. He told me how it is like to work at the DDFL and how many different emotions are felt. He told me that there are many happy times when they watch a dog get adopted out but they are also sad times, when you see an animal that has been abused. And it not just sadness, there is also anger. Seeing what another human being could do, seeing how an animal has been living for months and in many cases, years. But when the evil person that had been putting together dog fights and selfishly injuring and killing innocent animals is put behind bars and punished for their crimes, it's as if a weight has been lifted from the shoulders of the investigators. Knowing that they cant hurt any more animals is almost as rewarding as watching the animals go to a new, loving home.
There are many categories that are all parts of abuse or neglect.
1. Dog Fighting–
Training dogs to kill and in the process killing 100s of dogs in search of making money. Taking the toughest of their dogs and placing it in a ring with another dog. The viewers placing bets on which dog will survive and which will die or suffer terrible wounds.
8.8% of abuse cases involve fighting
2. Backyard Breeding and Puppy Mills–
Taking beautiful dogs and forcing them to have litter after litters just for the money of the per breed puppies and kittens. Most mother dogs die of over breeding. Most kittens and puppies will sold to pet shops to people who will most likely end up surrendering them to a shelter to be put down for “problems” that were caused by the puppy mills.
About 5% of abuse cases involve backyard breeding and/ or mills
3. Abuse in the Home–
People that think being mean will train their dog or cat not to pea on the carpet or chew up their slippers. So they will kick and hit the animals to “teach” them. Locking and tying dogs outside all day. The owners don’t care if its freezing, or burning hot. All they worry about is that tacky old chair that they don’t want to be chewed on by their 5 month old puppy. This is one reason why animals are giving to shelters, the owners don’t want to deal with fixing a problem.
Hoarding is also a form of abuse in the home. Hoarding is when a person has way to many pets then what they can handle. Letting the animals sit in their own urine and excrement for weeks, with many other animals, none of them getting the care any of them need.
Over 50% of abuse cases take place in the home
But, there are happy ending for some pets. Bella is one of the luckiest dogs in the world. She runs around with her friends at the dog park. Chasing squirrels and staring at birds. You would have no idea this four year old Vizsla has had at least four litters of pups. Not as a normal breeding dog but as a puppy mill dog. So that they could sell her puppies to pet shops and make a profit while they left all the dogs in terrible conditions with little or no care. And if it wasn’t for a heroic person, all of those dogs, including Bella, would still be there, more dying each day.
But now, Bella is reliving what her puppy years should have been. Running with her fellow dogs and playing with best friend Jay the Brittney.
Other animals aren’t so lucky. Most dying before help had a chance of finding them. Or dieing after they are saved, because of their injuries or because of how bad their health is. But we can help stop this. We can help those who have no voice. We need to be more aware of this problem, and stop worrying about our Facebook and do something that can truly change the lives of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of animals.
Why should I? The question should be, why shouldn’t I. How much time would it take to stop playing Farmvilleã and donate some of your time to volunteering at your local animal shelter to help make a difference. Or even just donate $5 to the ASPCA. And
speak for those who have no voice.