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Insiders view of W. Virginia kennel raid

Best Friends Animal Society was among the animal welfare organizations lending a hand in shutting down the West Virginia puppy mill from which 1,000 dogs were removed over the weekend.

According to an article on its web site, the Utah-based organization had been working with the Parkersburg Humane Society since May, when the agency called for assistance in the case.

Best Friends says it also advised the Wood County prosecutor’s office in the case, and recently requested assistance from the Humane Society of the United States and other agencies to help with coordination of the operations at the local emergency shelter.

The fight against puppy mills, mass breeding operations that supply pet stores and fuel internet sales throughout the United States, is a priority initiative for Best Friends, which in the past two years led several other puppy mill busts, according to the article.

Puppy mills produce an estimated four million dogs in the U.S. each year for the pet sales market; meanwhile, an estimated six million homeless dogs and cats are killed in the U.S. each year, Best Friends points out.

The Best Friends web site also has an ongoing blog about the effort, written by one of members of the rescue team.

(Photo: Puppy at Whispering Oaks Kennels, courtesy of Best Friends)


Comment from MG
Time August 27, 2008 at 10:44 am

I just had a friend visiting last week.
She brought her new dog.
When she told me she had purchased it at a Pet Store,I wanted to slap her.
When will people learn where these Pet Store dogs are coming from?
How hard is it to just say NO to selling dogs in Pet Stores!
That would be a start.
I was disgusted even looking at this pup even though it`s not the dog`s fault.
Am I missing something?

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