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Woman Writes Heartwrenching Letter To Puppy Mill Breeder

 In the short time she had with Lily, Theresa did her best to make up for years of abuse and neglect she suffered in the puppy mill.


Ever wish you'll confront the folks that were liable for causing the love of your life, your dog’s, misery?Thersea Strader founded the National Mill Dog Rescue in 2007 in honor of her Italian greyhound Lily – who was a billboard child for the abuse and neglect puppy mill dogs experience.



Lily had spent the primary seven years of her life as a breeding dog.


Here is her story, according the website:


“Lily spent all of her days confined to alittle , cold wire cage a dark, foul-smelling barn. Never was she faraway from her cage for exercise or socialization. In her dreary confines, Lily was forced to supply one litter after another with no respite. Like all commercial breeding dogs, she was a veritable breeding machine whose worth was measured in just a method – her ability to supply puppies.



Lily had endured tons of abuse within the name of profit before being rescued. Image source: National Mill Dog Rescue


By seven years aged , Lily was wiped out . Commonplace within the industry, she had received little to no veterinary care throughout her life, the results of which, for her, was terribly disturbing. thanks to years of no care , poor quality food, rabbit bottle watering and no appropriate chew toys, the roof of Lily’s mouth and mandible , had rotted away. Her chest was riddled with mammary tumors and she or he was absolutely scared of people.”


The Strader family provided Lily with the love, compassion, and veterinary treatment she so desperately needed.



She finally received the care and love she deserved. Image source: National Mill Dog Rescue


In May 2008, Lily gave up the ghost reception , within the arms of her loving adoptive father and family. Just fifteen months after her rescue.


While trying to affect Lily’s passing, Thersea wrote the subsequent potent letter. And while it’s addressed to Lily’s breeder, we hope it'll strike a note with anyone involved within the breeding or selling of dogs in mills.



Read the letter here, reprinted with permission for National Mill Dog Rescue:


Dear Martha,


It’s been fifteen months since you and that i first met. quite likely, you remember little or no about me. After all, we met in your world, on your property actually . Since that day, elements of your world became a really big a part of mine. For that, myself and lots of like-minded people are very thankful to you.


In February 2007, I received an email – “50 Italian Greyhounds in need” and thereupon , a telephone number . Having had a lifetime affinity for the breed, I called the amount to seek out out what the story was and the way i'd be ready to help. I’m certain you recognize where this letter goes now.



Yes, February 17, 2007, after 40+ years, your kennel would be going out of business. Time to retire and relax after four decades of mistreating dogs. Five hundred and sixty one dogs would head to the auction blocks that day, 49 were Italian Greyhounds. it had been without question that i might help, though i need to admit, I had no idea what i might come to find out through the method . thanks to transportation issues, i noticed that if I were to be of any use to those dogs, i might need to drive bent Lamar myself. So, on the 16th of February, my daughter and that i headed to Missouri.



Understand, I’ve been involved in dog rescue essentially my entire life – fostering and placing homeless dogs, caring for sick or injured dogs, assisting overpopulated shelters, etc. I even have always known about puppy mills and pet store puppies but haven't shared my home with anything aside from rescued animals. For the record, i'm NOT AN ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST. What i'm may be a one that believes within the right to humane treatment for all living things.


Martha, what I witnessed on your property was faraway from humane. many terrified ailing faces, imprisoned in their wire confines, some watching me, but most too fearful to seem into my eyes, so unsure of the way to interpret human contact. that have has caused me countless sleepless nights and to the present very day, the sadness and therefore the fear in their eyes haunts my very being.



I am completely aware that you simply were operating well within USDA standards – what a despicable thought that's . i'm also aware that in your circles, commercial breeding dogs are considered livestock. Dogs aren't livestock, Martha. Thousands of years ago, man domesticated dogs to be our protectors, hunters, herders, guardians, but most of all, our companions.



I came home with thirteen of your dogs – nine Italian Greyhounds, two Dachshunds and two Papillons. Not one dog that I had cared for in over 25 years of rescue work came anywhere on the brink of the physical and emotional damage that your dogs had suffered. because it associated with rescuing dogs, subsequent several months would become the education of a lifetime on behalf of me .


The entire purpose of this letter though, is about only one of these dogs, the one who would find her forever home here with my family….. #251 – AKC registered “Reedgate’s Swift Motion”. Oh, the irony of her name – Swift Motion – an Italian greyhound who was never ready to run. Caging her for her entire life stripped her of ever having enough strength in her legs to experience the enjoyment of running. A cruel reality for a breed built to run.


In our home, we cut the chain from her neck, replaced it with a soft collar and named her Lily. At the age of seven years and one month Lily had been let loose .


Lily was one among several of your dogs that was missing her mandible . i'm wondering how you would possibly explain why numerous of your dogs were affected by this condition. i'm wondering if you were ever concerned about their pain or perhaps about how they were ready to eat enough to remain alive. i'm wondering what percentage died in your care from the results of this condition. i'm wondering if you even noticed. I’m very certain you probably did notice one thing beyond the rotting faces though – their ability to supply puppies. That’s what your business is all about – producing puppies, at any expense.



Lily became an absolute treasure in our home. Despite her many health issues and her extreme fear, in time, with many love and care, she found her courage and when she did, nobody was resistant to her love. Men, women and youngsters delivered to tears to listen to her story and to possess the untold pleasure of meeting her. Lily’s life was not about what she could do for you but instead, how we could make it up to her during a warm and loving home.


It was agonizing for our family to observe her suffer through four surgeries to get rid of mammary tumors, to aim to repair her decaying face and to spay her — removing the papery black, pus filled organ that was once her uterus. How selfish of you never to ascertain her pain, just the dollars.


Directly due to your gross neglect, every meal Lily ate was a struggle. We tried numerous foods then many various ways to form it easier for her to eat. But within the end, she had to try to to it her way, the way she learned at your home , the way she kept herself alive for you – picking kibbles out of her bowl, a couple of at a time together with her feet, spreading them round the floor, then rubbing the “good” side of her face along the ground to catch a kibble on her tongue, then extending her neck upwards and swallowing it whole. believe that, Martha. How would you wish to eat only one meal that way?


Do you remember sitting in my car when the auction was over? the blokes were gathering up the dogs that I had “won”. You said to me, “I just love my Italian Greyhounds”. Oh, the thoughts that went through my mind when those words came out of your mouth. You don’t love any dogs, Martha. What you probably did was spend quite forty years of your God given life using dogs for your personal gain. No reference to their physical or mental well-being, just cashing in on their ability to breed . believe the thousands of dogs that skilled your hands – you robbed every single one among them of the straightforward joys they so deserve. an honest meal, a warm and cozy place to sleep, medical attention, and most of all, a person's companion to form their lives whole.


Lily learned such a lot in our home – about being a loved one , being a dog, being worthy. i will be able to always be bothered that she never learned the way to run or really the way to play. But she learned the way to love and be loved and for that, there are not any words. She changed our lives forever.



Lilly suffered for seven years of her life at a puppy mill as a breeding dog. Image source: National Mill Dog Rescue


Lily died on May 13, 2008 at the age of eight – about half the anticipation for an Italian greyhound . Martha, she died as an immediate results of the neglect she suffered for seven years in your care. what percentage others have suffered an equivalent fate?


This industry has been hidden far too long. The word is out, the times are numbered. People such as you will soon venture out into fields of honest work and leave the care of God’s creatures to those folks who truly love them.


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  1. Puppy Mills should be shut down. Lily was just one example of a wasted life, having to endure so much pain and neglect. Many more animal welfare laws have been enacted in the last 5 years or so - dog chaining laws. no selling of puppy mill dogs in some areas, etc.
    The Agriculture dept. is the governing body over these mills, and the dogs are considered "livestock" and the care of them is less for that designation. Lobbyists for the mills defend them in Washington and shield them. CAREFUL : many mills are now "disguising" who they are and agents sell the pups and say they are not mill owners, which may be technically correct, but the pups did come from a mill. Please , try locally to change laws that allow mills and make new laws, which the people can propose and back. I am sorry Lily or any animal had thru such a sad life. We need to change and stop hurting pets. Be well.

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  2. How can anyone who calls themselves a human, consign !
    a dog to a living hell like this. Don't they have any conscience at all? or any feelings about how it is for the animal? This is so heartbreaking

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  3. No puppy mill exists on its own..its those who BUY those puppies is why they exist. Its those who feel sorry for the puppies but forgetting about how that puppy came into this world. How the parents of that puppy suffer every day of their lives at the hands of those who only care about what they produce not the animals needs or whats best for the animal. Those who use puppy mills as a source of income are monsters we call human they are evil in every way and the surrounding the animals are forced to live in shows their concern its NONE! Why does a civilized society we are suppose to be let this go on and on and on until the adult animals dies of the neglect those OWNERS force on the animals... Its disgusting and so many are responsible because they continue to BUY the babies produced by the neglect of the property owners of those puppy mills! How can we this society let these horrific places exist and keep making money while the animals suffer horribly day after day... they cant look for tomorrow to play or have a human to love them and give love back they are living breathing tortured species and we all are responsible they exist... laws are made to protect but the laws made for animals is short of torture no its a species being tortured by humans who live off of what they produce! Makes me ashamed to say Im human with a conscious but puppy mills exist whos fighting for those who are caged and abused ! Do we really care about them or do we just wish it didnt exist and feel sad for the animals...well I think its both but wont fight for those we have to be a voice for.. how could any government let these animals suffer such horrific lives or existance is a better word... they do it because there is a profit to be made doing it and its our fault it exists!

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    1. Well said! People who buy these puppies drive the tortuous industry!

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  4. I'm crying reading this, as said above itz people who buy the puppies too that continue to profit these monsters, rip wee lily xxx

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  5. I am a 78 year old man and I am crying, too. I have had 3 Iggies and have a special place in my heart for them. But no matter what the breed, treating dogs like the mill owner has done is dreadfully inhumane. RIP Lily.

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  6. Why are there so many evil people. Lily was evil, but being evil, she wouldn't care what caring people thought.

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  7. Where is this place that did this? Tell us so someone can go there and thank the owner for her wonderful treatment of all this animals, especially Lily. I'll go if it's close to me.

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    1. I am right behind you. Lets put the owners in cages. Breed them tillthey cant give any more. Starve them. None of this would be enough to make up for the thousands of dogs they have tortured. I get physically sick when I read these stories...

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  8. OMG. My tears wont stop flowing. My heart breaks for this sweet girl. Never experiencing grass under her feet. Or a hug or any type of humane treatment. Oh how I wish in Jesus name we could get these puppy mills off the face of the earth. Such a sad, selfish world we live in. Except for the wonderful people like you.You were her Angel. At least she knew love for a little while before she passed. God Bless you..

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