Just the name Honey Boo Boo conjures up shudders in most people at least when applied to some weirdly popular, attention-seeking missile of a child on American reality TV. When applied to this pup, however, well, I'd much rather watch this girl on TV than the other one.
Honey Boo Boo came in along Magoo and Penny from a puppy mill via Kismutt Rescue and she was adopted out almost immediately.
These three, though, may be some of the last puppy mill rescues Toronto Animal Services South will get from Kismutt. That's because just over a month ago, one of the papers local to the area published an article which seemed to imply there was no puppy mill problem in the area and that basically Kimberly Thomas, owner of the rescue, was making it all up in her head.
“I’ve been in the kennels three or four times [this year] and they are fantastic,” says local animal control officer Evelyn Hahn.
Is this what Hahn considers "fantastic"?
All of the above photos were taken by Thomas of dogs from puppy mills in her area.
The article is so obviously biased against Thomas that the reporter didn't even try to keep up appearances of objectivity by at least interviewing her for her side of the story.
If memory serves me correctly, immediately after the on-line article came out, dozens of comments protesting the biases in the reporting were submitted and now, even those have been deleted.
So, now the word is out in the puppy mill community that Thomas is trying to expose their deeds and the millers no longer call her up to buy their used dogs.
One can only assume the worst with regards to what the millers are doing with their unwanted livestock now.
Magoo, Penny and Honey Boo Boo were rescued just in time. A week later and they'd be ... well, you figure it out.
There's a chance Thomas may still have access to mill dogs from farms further afield who didn't receive the particular newspaper in question but otherwise there's no silver lining to this story. Even more dogs and pups now will live their whole lives under brutal puppy mill conditions and then they will be unceremoniously killed.