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Rescuers hearts broke as they entered a puppy mill and approached a cage

Billy the Chihuahua in recovery from puppy farm dog-sad
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If the current siren cry to abolish puppy farms cannot steer us away from the purchase of dogs from puppy farms, then a heart-breaking story from 2012 will.  

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 08/10/2020, 21:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:24

Back then, a concerned resident of Jones County, North Carolina told animal rescuer Adam Parascandola and his team that an address nearby concealed a dark and hideous secret. 

In due course Mr. Parascandola and other volunteers from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) as well as police officers raided the house. There, they discovered a scene of depravity and cruelty of such a degree to turn their stomachs.

The grim discovery

Caged, malnourished and dehydrated were 88 dogs, seemingly all with chronic illnesses. The dogs looked not only sick but had clearly been mistreated.  

Billy the Chihuahua

Of one dog, Parascandola had grave concerns. The small Chihuahua seemed far weaker than the rest. As Parascandola gently lifted him from the cage he could feel no fat or muscle, only bone beneath a thin, fragile and diseased skin.

Shockingly, the dog, nicknamed Billy, also had no lower jaw.

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Parascandola and his team worked tirelessly that day to bring all of the dogs into their care.

The workers noticed that almost as soon as the dogs were placed down in the shelter they went to sleep; perhaps a sign of relief to be rescued from their hell. 

This is the reality of puppy farms, that despite their being so-called there are very rarely any puppies being reared and cared for. Most puppy farms house old, over worked and underfed dogs that just so happen to produce a litter.

Think again when you consider buying a puppy from one of these places.