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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 06:40 PM

Meet Billy: A Touching Puppy Mill Rescue Video


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Michael, selected from Ecorazzi January 7, 2013 11:45 am

The Humane Society of the United States has put together an absolutely touching and wonderful video documenting the rescue of a breeding dog named “Billy” from a puppy mill in North Carolina.

“He had been locked in that cage for so long, the bars had rusted shut—but his life changed when his rescuer, Adam, pried the bars open and gave him a second chance,” the organization says.

Bill’s story is part of the HSUS’s “Be a Hero” holiday campaign, with a goal of raising $1.5M to help other animals like Billy escape the horrors of puppy mills. Check out his video below – and jump here to contribute!





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Reply Meet Billy: A Touching Puppy Mill Rescue Video (Original post)
Omaha Steve Jan 2013 OP
Loki Jan 2013 #1
CurtEastPoint Jan 2013 #2
LisaLynne Jan 2013 #5
Seedersandleechers Jan 2013 #8
LisaLynne Jan 2013 #10
AlecBGreen Jan 2013 #11
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #18
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freshwest Jan 2013 #6
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CitizenLeft Jan 2013 #9
dorkzilla Jan 2013 #13
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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 06:46 PM

1. What a beautiful story with a happy ending for Billy.


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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 06:50 PM

2. Not cried yet on DU but now I have. Good tears. Great story.

I HATE puppy mills. Despicable.

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:10 PM

5. Who the F can treat animals like that?

It's absolutely unconscionable. I am so glad Billy was rescued. So thankful for people like Adam!

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Response to LisaLynne (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:08 PM

8. I hate people sometimes -

the people who run puppy mills, the people who slaughter elephants, the people who leave dogs chained outside on a short leash, the people who have zero regards to the feelings and welfare of defenseless animals. I wish I could change the world.

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:13 PM

10. Me, too.

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:52 PM

11. i hear you

few things shake my conviction in the inherent goodness of people than animal abuse. I tell myself that its cultural or psychological, they were just raised wrong or had something traumatic happen to them etc. Its little comfort to me and means absolutely NOTHING to the animals involved.

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:04 PM

18. I'm with you...

So with you.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:01 PM

3. ...

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:09 PM

4. that sweet little baby! oh boy.im crying now.

Definitely gonna donate.

Wiping more tears. My Shrimpy lays her head on my shoulder.....

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:30 PM

6. +1

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Response to freshwest (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:35 PM

19. :hug:

I'd love to find a rescued Pom...Shrimpy needs a sister or brother.

Don't know how she'd feel about sharing the attention, though.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:44 PM

7. That prescious little dog...

Is that NOT the cutest little thing you ever seen? Just another example of what happens when capitalism falls into the wrong hands. This is how "Puppy Mills" got their name. They start out with good intentions, but somewhere along the way it just all becomes too much work. The one thing that is missing, as in vulture capitalism, is love and compassion. My niece used to breed Yorkshire Terriers. They lived in her home and were all her babies. She loved, groomed, nurtured and took each pup in the litter (along with mamma yorkey) to the vet just as if they were her children. That's the difference. Love and compassion. What a doll Billy is... I'm so glad he finally got a good home...

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:12 PM

9. yep... tears.

All they want is love.

I had a severely abused "unadoptable" emaciated Dalmatian named Chloe that we rescued when she was one years old, or thereabouts. Even after being at the shelter for a month, she was still only 1/2 her normal weight. Every bone in her body was visible. She was so hostile (snarling and growling) that she was a week away from being put down. My mother and I said "oh no you don't." We found out about all that hostility when we got her home. It was a big pathetic bluff. The second I took her out of the crate, she leapt into my arms shaking with terror from the proximity of my two other dogs, who just wanted to know, who the heck is this? She never bit a soul, not human or dog, in her entire life.

The joy she gave me in the 14 years I had with her cannot be measured. I cannot imagine a world without those 14 years of her living and creating utter chaos. My sweet courageous insane neurotic exuberant Chloe will live in my heart as long as I live.

Sorry - got sappy.

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Response to CitizenLeft (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:00 PM

13. Dog bless you!

I am sitting surrounded by my 2 rescue dogs and 3 rescue cats. My Maine Coon was, according to her vet 1/12th of her ideal body weight and in danger of dying. It was touch and go for a few days but she's a wonderful, BEAUTIFUL cat.

My latest was a pit bull (no, uninformed, they're NOT killing machines) puppy who was 2 hours away from being put to sleep, but got a "beginner" safer rating at the shelter. She is the funniest, sweetest, kissiest, snuggliest little fur person you could ever want to meet, and she, like all my other rescues, seem grateful and know what their former fate was.

I've been very active in rescue for 20 years and the stuff I've seen in that time would break your heart. But there are good people out there, like you. YOU are the reason I still have faith in humanity.

xo

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Response to dorkzilla (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 02:37 PM

24. oh thank you so much

Actually, though I have had 6 rescue dogs, including the 2 I have now, I was involved with rescue just that one time. We went down to Cincinnati to collect two Dalmatians for adoption, but at the last moment, the one who was supposed to take Chloe backed out because he couldn't breed her, she was neutered - that's all he wanted her for - asshole. So when we got there and found out she was in danger, we couldn't leave her there to die, it wasn't her fault that some dickhead decided to... well, let's just say she had rectal wounds that no dog should have. When we got back to Cleveland, the people who got me into rescue promptly kicked me out because I was too soft (LOL) - they knew about Chloe, she had been rejected a few times by rescue people, and they told me that I had to learn when to leave them. Heck with that! We tried for weeks to find her a home, wasn't crazy about the applicants, and decided, nope, she's ours. I suck at rescue!

Bless your Maine Coon, I work with a lady who wants one very badly! I like cats too, but I'm mostly a dog person. Two years ago I adopted a 10-month old Pitbull mix, who has the classic features in the shape of her head. People are automatically wary of her, but she is the biggest baby you'd ever want to meet. Since she thinks the world is her personal playpen, and all the people in it are toys, she'd lick you to death instead of bite you. She has zero aggression in her, but, sadly, the assholes of the world have guaranteed that pitbulls have terrible reputations.

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Response to CitizenLeft (Reply #24)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:33 PM

28. Chloe is a very lucky girl (at least after meeting you)

I can't even think of what I'd do to the person who injured her in such a way. Absolutely horrible the way people treat their animals.

I had 5 rescued dogs and 5 cats at my zaniest. Got a divorce, he bought a house and I moved into an apartment so I took the kitties and he got the dogs. Though 2 of our dogs have passed on, I'm still very much their mom and am still involved in their lives. But still, I had to back away from my rescue activities in the past few years, mostly because I'm just as sucky at it as you are. Andi get emotional about all of them.

And, I'm sure you know this, but the media is as much to blame for the bad reputation of the pits as the dickheads who encourage aggressive behavior in them. Here is a short but informative article from the SPCA: http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/advocacy-center/animal-laws-about-the-issues/pit-bull-bias-in-the-media.aspx

If you haven't yet read it, the Canine Research Council has a good (not so short) read "The Pit Bull Placebo: http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/uploaded_files/publications/230603563_Pit%20Bull%20Placebo.pdf. I spend half my time educating people about pits and these are always great to refer to.

Again, Dog Bless You!

Edited to say: The second link seems to be broken, but you'll get the CRCs website, just click on "publications" and it's the first link that pops up.

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Response to dorkzilla (Reply #28)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:38 PM

31. five dogs... sounds like heaven!



I saw that ASPCA one just a few weeks ago, coincidentally. I will check out that 2nd one when I get home from work. THANK YOU!

The only way I can ever get involved with rescue activity again is if I hit the lottery and buy a mcmansion so that it can accommodate all the dogs I can't turn down!

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Response to CitizenLeft (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:05 PM

14. You just gave me some faith in

man. Thanks.

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Reply #14)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 02:38 PM

25. thank you, that's very kind

actually, it's dogs that give me faith - I wish more people were like them!

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Response to CitizenLeft (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:08 PM

15. That is not sappy!

A long time ago a friend gave me a stray cat she had been feeding, he was missing his left front leg and his tail was gone. We became great friends and were together for 12 years. About 4 years ago he developed kidney failure from that Chinese pet food additive, you might remember that. This was a year after a dog attacked him and shattered the knee in his one front leg. I spent over 3,000 dollars getting him through that and he developed arthritis like the vet surgeon said he probably would. I took him to the vet and had him euthanized. I was inconsolable and didn't bury him for three days because I had once read a story about a dog who had been put down, only to shock his owners by clawing his way out of the grave. I deeply loved that cat, he was the best cat ever, and I still think about him. His name was Louis.

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Response to GarColga (Reply #15)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 02:59 PM

26. Bless your Louis

And bless you for taking him in. I'm so sorry about what happened to him. Some people would balk at spending $3000, but there isn't an amount in the world I wouldn't spend to save one of my babies if I had it. Rescues are the best; they know the fate you saved them from, they sense it somehow, and are so grateful.

I do remember the pet food scare - I'm so sorry Louis got sick, that was an awful time. It changed how I feed my girls because of it. Once I started doing research on dog nutrition, I found out that I had been feeding them the most godawful dog food possible - absolute garbage, ZERO nutritional value. It never occurred to me to wonder what was in the food, I assumed it was regulated and safe. OMG, the stuff I learned - it would make your hair stand on end (google "rendering plants" if you want to throw up). So I started feeding them chicken, rice, oatmeal, apples, yams or pumpkin, sardines and veggies until I found a brand I thought good enough for them. To this day, I have a nagging feeling that two of my girls that I lost in ’97 and 2003 would’ve lived longer than 9 years if I’d fed them better food. And I’m convinced that better food is the reason Chloe and my other Dal, Snoopy, lived to be 15 and 16 years old.

To this day, I still add rice, veggies (carrots and/or green beans), oatmeal, and cranberries or blueberries to their food (cranberries staves off UTIs). My oldest, Sandy, is 14, and she gets, in addition, 200mg of Co-enzyme-10 with her food. Co-z-10 is good for their hearts and immune systems. I started doing that a year ago, and the improvement in her behavior is AMAZING. She jumps around now like she hadn’t done in years. She’s alert and curious again… I just can’t believe what a difference it’s made. Hell, they eat better than I do.

Sorry, went off on a tangent!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:54 PM

12. If there is a Heaven, these are the people that are going there

The people that would even think of doing these things to these animals are going someplace else. I just cant even imagine, never in a million years...

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Response to litlbilly (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 12:27 PM

23. many are considered nothing more than livestock

No better than a hen in a hen house; just another way to make a living.

How they can even look at themselves in the mirror is beyond me.

I've spent some time working with people trying to break up these things and also, they have auctions where they sell them off. Often, they cannot sell sick/dying dogs/puppies and they shoot them afterwards as it is cheaper than feeding them and keeping them alive!

Sick sick sick.



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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:18 PM

16. Lab Rescue saved my best friend

and me!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:34 PM

17. My next door neighbor rescued a golden breeder. Chloe.

This poor little critter was a mess. Probably close to twelve when my neighbor got her. She had been caged her entire life for breeding. Wouldn't stray from the bed set up in the house... wouldn't EAT from the bed set up in the house.

The transformation has been so amazing to watch.

Still cautious.... but a pup that wouldn't stray from a safe point in the house will now go out in the front yard and roll around in the grass and wag her tail...!!!!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 02:41 AM

20. I had a dog from a puppy mill situation

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I'm hoping the person that I got this poor dog from is no longer in business. It was from a part of the USA where puppy mills are all over the place (Ohio/Pennsylvania/Missouri/Louisiana/North Carolina ... many others too). I did not know what a "puppy mill" was at that time but I sure do now.

It was a horrible what was done to this poor dog, a very sick and abused animal and man was not this dog's best friend.

It had been de-barked, tattooed, had bites all over it, various types of parasites living both inside and outside of it, and a myriad of severe congenital defects from inbreeding.

Said dog is no longer living its miserable life of sadness.

The people that do these things to animals deserve to rot in jail and die in a very hot hot hell IMO; sad sick SOBs the lot of them.

Why this country allows this to go on almost unchecked is beyond me, absolutely beyond me.

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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #20)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:05 PM

27. debarked

Oh my God...

There's got to be a way to regulate puppy mills somehow... require by law vet visits and inspections. That would certainly weed out the ones who either don't want to, or can't afford to, take care of the animals as they should be cared for.

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Response to CitizenLeft (Reply #27)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:07 AM

29. Yes, debarked

It was so damn sad. They way they do it "on the cheap" is to shove a hot rod down the throat; no anesthetic. Period.

That poor dog is better of no longer among the living, believe me.

As for the person doing this, not sure as I stated whether or not still in business.

I've noted that people don't want to buy a debarked dog much anymore since this happened. However, it is still being done in those same states I have listed.





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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #29)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:33 PM

30. that's the most awful thing I've heard in a long time

Doesn't that fall under the abuse category? I can't believe it doesn't. Do those states not have laws against animal abuse? That breaks my heart. Those poor babies. I just - no words.

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Response to CitizenLeft (Reply #30)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 04:46 PM

32. Red states seem to have the weakest animal rights laws

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and I'm with you. Why the HELL DO THEY ALLOW THIS TO GO ON?

My god, that poor poor dog, you should have seen him try to eat/swallow.

I know the dog suffered immensely and it did me no good at all either.




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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #32)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 02:26 PM

33. but you were able to show him love and attention, even if for a short time

...even though it was painful, at least he had the chance to have a little love in his life for the short time you had him. Somewhere in dog heaven, he's wagging his tail because of you.

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Response to CitizenLeft (Reply #33)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:15 PM

34. I swore on his dead body

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that he did not die in vain!

I told the poor little guy that I would do everything in my power to stop this crap!

Certain groups of people in a place called Lancaster, PA make their livings doing this!

It is the sickest and saddest damned thing I have ever seen in my whole 57 years on this planet!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 05:53 AM

21. About six months ago,

my sister called me to say there was a stray Siamese cat that had been staying in her backyard for the past two days. She had been feeding him but he refused to go in the house. Well, I drove over, picked up the cat and put him in a pet carrier and brought him home. Not once on the drive home did he meow or fuss.

Anyway, he loves it here. He's so even tempered and loving. Jumps on everything though and has broken a few things, but that's okay, material things can always be replaced. My wife named him Meow Ming, after the Chinese basketball player.

He gently paws at our faces when he wants us to wake up either to feed him or because he's bored and wants attention. We love our Meow Ming.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:07 AM

22. OMGosh.......

tears streaming down my face right now......

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