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Old 10-31-2013, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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A few weeks ago, ~80 dogs were removed from a puppy mill in Pender County.
Dozens of animals rescued from puppy mill | abc11.com

Many of the dogs went to the Wake SPCA. After a few weeks of shots, check ups, etc, some of the dogs are now available for adoption. Most (all?) of the dogs seized are adults, not puppies, though there are usually plenty of those at the SPCA.

The link for all available dogs is SPCA of Wake County: Adoptable Dogs
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:00 PM
 
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Just looked at the list. Some gorgeous dogs. Lot of hound mixes.

Was this a puppy mill for hound mixes?
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Just looked at the list. Some gorgeous dogs. Lot of hound mixes.

Was this a puppy mill for hound mixes?
When I was there last week, the puppy mill dogs were mostly smaller - Shih Tzu, Pomeranian and Chihuahua, with a Shepard and Husky. The other dogs are the "normal" SPCA dogs, which often are larger.
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:09 PM
 
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I'd be wary of adopting puppy mill dogs. Poor breeding practices mean expensive vet bills down the road.
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Old 11-02-2013, 06:46 AM
 
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I'd be wary of adopting puppy mill dogs. Poor breeding practices mean expensive vet bills down the road.
A detailed history is usually not available on any of the dogs at the SPCA. They come from the Wake County Animal Center, animal shelters in other counties, rescue groups, etc. Puppy mill dogs can have behavioral issues, such as being wary of humans, due to being in cages most of their life, but many turn out fine after adapting to a loving home environment. Hopefully the risk of future medical issues is minimal, as most of the recent puppy mill dogs are already adults.
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:16 AM
 
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A friend has rescued three puppy mill dogs. One dog's teeth all fell out, apparently having all those litters ruined her teeth.

None of the three dogs ever did learn to do their business outside on a consistent basis. Apparently, after so many years of going in a cage, it was hard for them to switch.

All were much older than the animal shelter had them listed.

My friend loves her dogs, but she essentially adopted three old dogs who mess in her house on a regular basis. One dog requires a soft diet.

My heart goes out to the puppy mill dogs who never had a chance for a decent life and I so admire her for taking them in.

And I am all in favor of rescuing dogs. You get a better idea of temperament and appearance with grown dogs than you do with puppies. We have two great dogs right now that we got from local rescue groups.

But I would be asking a lot of questions before taking a puppy mill pet home.
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Old 11-03-2013, 05:49 AM
 
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Proud to be a person that loves special needs dogs... Would you not adopt a child because of issues?
They take more time and yes they can be a pain... But you KNOW they love and appreciate you !!
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:30 AM
 
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Proud to be a person that loves special needs dogs... Would you not adopt a child because of issues?
They take more time and yes they can be a pain... But you KNOW they love and appreciate you !!
Yes. I would not adopt a special needs child. Or a special needs dog.

I have 3 kids already, and saddling them intentionally with a special needs sibling would be unfair.

Same with a special needs dog.

If I had no kids and no other pets, I might feel differently about it.

If I adopted a child (or a pet) and later discovered they had special needs I would take care of my adopted child or pet, of course.
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:31 AM
 
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I'd be wary of adopting puppy mill dogs. Poor breeding practices mean expensive vet bills down the road.
Exactly.
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