I just read an article that was unbelievable. A kennel owner shot 80 dogs after an inspection and it was not illegal here in PA. Currently, they are trying to change the laws but I am horrified. I could not believe it. I don't know how to post the article, or I would. It just sickens me.
A man in my area ran over a puppy with a lawn mower on purpose and the authorities did nothing. "It is perfectly legal to dispose of you own pets in the State of Texas" according to our local DA. Apparently the laws that protect hunters and horse owners apply to pet owners as well. I honestly don't see the connection, but I have a brain. Most politicians don't. I believe you can take your dog to the pound and have it PTS for $5 in my town. You can also have them come pick up a dog for free no questions asked, so there is absolutely no excuse for shooting/killing a pet yourself. People who see dogs as just things, will do anything to save a buck. It's really sickening.
He shot them because they became virtually useless livestock. That's the outlook of every puppymill breeder. If they aren't making them money, they have no use and the work to find them homes or get them into rescues/shelters wouldn't have been worth their time. It was faster and easier to shoot them. When you don't view dogs as anything more than something that produces a product, then you don't have any more compassion for them than a farmer has for a field of corn, or an orchard of apples. It's sad if the whole thing burns down, but if you don't want to mess with it anymore, that's the quickest and easiest way to dispense with your responsibility.
Sad thing... those guys saw nothing wrong with what they did - because essentially they just slaughtered all their cattle.
Hence why there is no such thing as a good puppymill... they may be 1 step above these guys - but they don't have far to go to be at their level.
In PA they might as well just make puppy mills illegal. I dont know how they'd go about that... perhaps you need a license to be a breeder and even then cant have more than a dozen dogs. (since puppy mills have hundreds). Of course that brings up what would happen to all the dogs already in their care.... they'd have to make that law about killing them illegal first.
The article says that the man apologized!!!, saying that "he thought he would face legal action if he didn't do something immediately". To me this is outrageous and totally unacceptable. In my opinion someone that can dispose of a living breathing animal in such a horrific way can do the same to a person.
I agree lucy - unfortunately those men looked at their dogs like cattle or pigs... livestock. They don't see them as any more than that.
LOR, all they would have to do is make standards of care mandatory - good food, testing, housing that wasn't fit for pigs... a lot of millers would stop breeding all together if they lost some of their profit margin and actually had to so some WORK to care for their dogs.
Though it still goes back to the pet owner... if no one would buy from these people, or from pet stores, they would stop breeding (much like these men) because they couldn't sell anything. "Production" doesn't stop until there is no more demand for the product.
This should actually be on one level a bit of a victory for those of us who dislike puppymills... he essentially felt he could end his business because it was no longer profitable for him... That means pet owners are starting to get the right idea and buying from higher class breeders... This would have had a fairy tale ending if he had turned them over to shelters instead of shooting them...