It may be easy to forget, when talking about our 16 raids of puppy mills this year and the 3,000 dogs rescued, about the individuals. Each little life matters so much, and it’s often good to remind ourselves of the impact of these operations on the individuals.
Tillie was an 8- to 10-year-old Chihuahua rescued from a puppy mill we raided in Kaufman County, Texas, where she was discovered in a dark, dilapidated enclosure. Now the proud family member of Glenda Cox and Tony Roberts of Wylie, Texas, she’s got much more love and light focused on her, and she looks like a different dog. Glenda wrote a note I wanted to share:
Today we adopted a dog that was rescued from the Kaufman, Texas puppy mill raid. She is the sweetest, most adorable Chihuahua. The pictures of her and the living conditions she was rescued from on your website brought tears to our eyes as we sat on the couch with our new little girl asleep in our arms. I remember watching this raid on the news and thought "oh, that is terrible," but now that I have one of these little mothers in my home it causes me to feel so strongly about what a puppy mill really is. Tillie will never be mistreated or taken for granted again. She has earned the rank of Queen at our house very quickly and we intend on making the rest of her life the very best. As she lies asleep on our laps we feel such a joy of knowing we have made a difference in her life. Thank you so much to all of the volunteers that gave their time to rescue these animals.
Here are the “Before and After” photos.
In Texas, where Tillie was being bred, there are no laws to regulate mass breeding facilities that sell directly to the public. But in many states that is changing. This year Indiana, Oregon, Washington, Tennessee, and five other states passed puppy mill laws. Texas and other states should follow, and we’ll be sharing Tillie’s story and ones like it with legislators and other decision makers as we continue our fight against puppy mill cruelty.
To see what you can do to help stop puppy mills, visit our campaign website.