I know that everyone reading this has had it hammered into them by now – that it MATTERS where you get your puppy from.
It matters if you buy a puppy, site unseen, from a breeder who refuses to let you see where you puppy comes from. It matters if you buy a puppy the same way that you buy a sweater, from an internet shopping site that lets you use your credit card to pay. It matters if you impulse buy that cute little puppy in the pet store window, even if you think you’re actually ‘rescuing them’.
It matters, because for every puppy you buy like this, for every puppy that you shrug off your misgivings and put your money down anyway, these are the dogs that live in the background, suffering in silence and dying all alone.
This is a documentary by CAPS – Companion Animal Protection Society – detailing their fight against Kathy Bauck, one of America’s most notorious puppy millers. It is extremely upsetting to watch – there are numerous images of French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Mastiffs, Pugs and other breeds suffering horribly. In all my time involved in rescue and welfare, this has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever watched, but I also think it’s possibly the most important, and I’m going to be covering that in detail in several future entries.