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On March 24, 2009, an Otter Tail County jury found puppy mill operator Kathy Bauck guilty on 4 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty after an undercover investigation of her Pick of the Litter Kennel revealed video of wounded, seizuring and emaciated dogs.

Minnesotans are encouraged to write letters to the editors of their local papers, expressing their concern over puppy mills and noting their expectation that law enforcement authorities be educated on this issue and coordinate effectively for meaningful interventions.

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  • Puppy mills are commercial 'factories' where the 'product' is puppies and dogs are treated as machines. The 'breeding' dogs are kept in overcrowded wire cages for their entire lives with little, if any, human contact or veterinary care. If the puppy mill is outdoors, the dogs are unprotected from the cold of winter and the heat of summer. They live with the stench of their own urine and feces and, if the cages are stacked on top of each other, the dogs on the lower level are hit with excrement from above as well. When the puppies are eight weeks old, they are cleaned up and shipped off for sale. Some die; many arrive sick.

  • The simplest way to assure that you are not supporting puppy mills is: don’t buy puppies. Puppy mill puppies are sold in pet stores, on the internet, and in newspaper classified ads. Don’t be fooled by ads telling you that the puppies were lovingly raised by a family. A good rule of thumb is that people who profit from keeping animals in a state of misery will often be willing to lie about how they treat those animals. Adopt from your local humane society or shelter. If you are interested in a particular breed, ask the shelter to notify you when a dog of that breed has arrived. Also, check with rescue groups of the breed you are interested in. And don’t forget the mixed breeds; they make wonderful, healthy companions.

  • On March 24, 2009, an Otter Tail County, Minnesota jury found puppy mill operator Kathy Bauck guilty on 4 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty after an undercover investigation of her Pick of the Litter Kennel revealed video of wounded, seizuring and emaciated dogs.

  • It is imperative that law enforcement authorities be educated on this issue and coordinate effectively for meaningful interventions. Animal abusers like Kathy Bauck are a drain not only on a community’s reputation, but on its financial and service resources as well – an enlightened public must work together and insist on a zero tolerance policy for puppy mills and their systemic cruelties.

  • Puppy mills exist because the American public unwittingly supports them with the almighty dollar. They will disappear only when the economic incentive is gone.

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