It's been a long exhausting road for Kimberly Thomas of Kismutt Rescue and as cliché as it may sound, when things were darkest, the light at the end of the tunnel appeared.
Just three months ago, Thomas seemed to be at the end of her rope in her fight against the puppy millers of Ontario located in the Wellesley township area after a local newspaper published Thomas' accusations against the millers and in retaliation, the millers stopped letting her pull their unwanted dogs. She knew what was going to happen to those unwanted dogs and it wasn't anything good and that weighed heavy on her.
She sounded frustrated, angry, distraught.
Perhaps as a last recourse, she called Toronto lawyer Clayton Ruby who has been an animal advocate extraordinaire all these years and, well, the article from yesterday's Ontario Farmer newspaper can explain the rest:
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The article talks about the impact such charges, if upheld in court, could have on the lives of the puppy millers in question. It doesn't delve into the impact it will have on the dogs presently being produced by these particular millers nor the thousands of other dogs being bred by the puppy mill community in general, and for the most part, it downplays (as in it doesn't mention) the mistreatment these animals face.
Despite the obvious pro-puppy miller stance of the article, it does give the tiniest hint of the neglect, abuse and eploitation suffered by the dogs: because many of the puppy millers do not use electricity or do not want to pay for electricity, the warehouses in which the dogs are kept are unheated. Relatively speaking, there are about a handful of breeds which can endure a Canadian winter in an unheated building without being put into severe distress. The dogs we so often see coming out of these mills - Pugs, Sharpeis, miniature Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, etc. - are certainly not of these breeds. Having to survive through a Canadian winter in one of these warehouses is not much better than trying to survive in an unheated shed in someone's backyard.
The victims here aren't the puppy millers who have voluntarily chosen to profit from an atrocious business model. The victims here are the abused dogs and that's obvious but then I guess you'd only be holding that veiwpoint if you're just another irritating, heathen, animal welfare activist freak who can't mind yer own goddam business.
Well, good on ya.
Thanks so much to Kimberly Thomas of Kismutt Rescue for leading the fight and to all of you who sent letters and emails to the various town councils and animal welfare agencies pressuring them to act and to Clayton Ruby for keeping it all legal.