Posts Tagged ‘puppy mills’

Dog Auctions

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

by Lisa Stahr

I have a black Lab, Belle, whom we adopted from Golden Gate Lab Rescue two years ago.  Belle is so sweet, so hungry for love, and so afraid of everything–falling leaves, parked cars, garbage cans, telephone poles, you name it–that my husband and I thought for sure she had vision problems.  She doesn’t, but the veterinarian/animal behaviorist we worked with to help Belle be more comfortable in this world thinks it highly likely that Belle was a breeder dog in a puppy mill.  And that makes total sense.  As a breeder, she probably spent most of her time in a crate or a box, not outside, seeing leaves fall off a tree or a car parked on the street.
So it’s for Belle’s sake that I’m passing this on.  If you love dogs, please read Dr. Nancy Kay’s blog post about dog auctions.  We should all be aware of that these things exist (I didn’t know)–and do something about it.

Please Support This Puppy Mill Bill

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

by Lisa Stahr

     My dog Belle is a wonderful, sweet, and oh-my-god-so-timid black Lab who was pulled out of a high-kill shelter in Georgia by Golden Gate Lab Rescue in California.  Belle has been a card-carrying member of our family for over two years now and we love her wholly, deeply, and without reservation.. The problem, though, is that Belle is afraid of everything, including parked cars, garbage cans, telephone poles, even falling leaves.  The behaviorist we take Belle to, a veterinarian who specializes in animal behavior, thinks our girl might have been a breeder dog in a puppy mill, which is why she’s so fearful; being kept in a crate all her life with no time out for exercise or play made Belle unfamiliar with–and thus, deathly afraid of–all the things that the rest of us take for granted, like parked cars, garbage cans, telephone poles, and falling leaves. 
     I’m familiar with the horrors of puppy mills; I did an episode on puppy mills and animal hoarders on Scout’s House’s Internet radio show, Special Pets, Special Needs (to listen, please go to and listen to Episode 6:  The Making of Special Needs Pets).  It’s a truly horrible life these animals live, plain and simple.  And as an animal lover, I would love to see puppy mills shut down for good.  
     So it should come as no surprise that I strongly support S. 3424/H.R. 5434, the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act, introduced by Representative Sam Farr–and I urge you to support it to by signing this ASPCA petition:

And here is a nice summation of the S. 3424/H. R. 5434, courtesy of Anna Eshoo, congresswoman for California’s 14th District:

H.R. 5434 is designed to shore up restrictions on commercial dog breeders who evade animal cruelty regulations by marketing dogs directly to consumers. The bill would ensure that any high-volume breeder is required to provide dogs with sufficient space to exercise, humane and safe living conditions, and protection against forced activity unrelated to medical treatment.

Please take a moment to sign the ASPCA petition  Belle thanks you for it.  And so do I.


Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

by Lisa Stahr

I’ll be honest, this was a tough show for me, personally, to do today. 

Like you, I’d like to think that dog fighting a la Michael Vick, animal hoarding, and puppy mills are rarities in the United States–and certainly not things that happen anywhere near where I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.  But as today’s guest, Bruce Wagman, an attorney with Schiff Harden and an expert in animal law, pointed out, these things do, in fact, go on everyday in America and right under our noses, right where we live.

The conditions these animals live in are worse than anything you could imagine:  living, breathing, eating, sleeping in crates so filled with urine and feces that it burns out their eyes and disintegrates the pads of their feet.  Their injuries and wounds are left untreated.  They’re used as bait, pulled apart by dogs who are bigger, stronger, faster.  And maybe worst of all, they have absolutely no hope for a normal life. 

Please, as difficult as it might be, listen to Episode 6 of Special Pets, Special Needs.  And then make a difference in the lives of animals who are living–this minute–in these deplorable conditions by making a donation to the Animal Legal Defense Fund at  Your donation, large or small, will save an animal’s life.  And if you mention Scout’s House when you make your donation, we will match every dollar you contribute with one of our own. 

Many of us define ourselves by our love for animals.  But we cannot call ourselves animal lovers if we don’t do something to stop this.  Now. 

Please help us shine the light on these most special of “special needs” pets.  It could have just as easily have been your pet in that dog fighting ring or in that box.