Who doesn’t love a puppy? With the holiday season approaching, many families will be welcoming a new furry friend into their lives. Some families will make the choice to adopt or go through a reputable breeder, but other families will simply purchase a cute puppy they have seen for sale on the internet.
While many people believe that puppy mills only exist in the U.S., it’s simply not true. Earlier this month a Houston, B.C. mother and daughter who frequently sold dogs on Craigslist were handed fines and jail time for operating a “filthy” breeding facility. The women were breeding and selling dogs, including Chinese crested, German shepherds and small breeds, and would meet buyers in parking lots or public places, likely to avoid having them visit the filthy property, said the SPCA. Their court appearance came after 53 neglected animals were removed from their rural farm.
The big business behind puppy mills is front and centre in a documentary making its Canadian debut in Vancouver on Thursday, November 12th. Dog by Dog focuses on empowering pet lovers to make positive changes – and end puppy mills forever. The documentary is being hosted by the Paws for Hope Animal Foundation, an organization that has been an outspoken critic of pet stores and puppy mills in B.C.
Earlier today, Simi spoke with Kathy Powelson, founder and executive director of Paws For Hope, and Christopher Grimes, the director of Dog by Dog, about the issue of puppy mills and the film.