Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mills

By Carol Bradley

A compelling actual tale of 1 dog's rescue from a Pennsylvania dog mill

This touching narrative makes use of the poignant makeover of Gracie, a sickly Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, to inform the tale of America's hidden dog mills-commercial kennels that breed canines in terrible residing stipulations and churn out often-diseased and emotionally broken domestic dogs for sale.

Saving Gracie chronicles how one little puppy is remodeled from a bedraggled animal tired from bearing doggies right into a loving, fit member of her new relatives; and the way her proprietor, Linda Jackson, is modified from someone who slightly tolerated canine to a girl passionately made up our minds not just to avoid wasting Gracie's lifestyles, but additionally to get the notice out concerning the thousands of yankee dog mill canine who want our help.

  • A touching tale of survival and redemption
  • Written by way of award-winning journalist Carol Bradley
  • Newsworthy concerns name animal fans to action

Join journalist Carol Bradley as she attracts again the curtain at the international of unlawful dog construction in Saving Gracie.

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The dirt of the cages,” Shaw repeated. “What used to be the of the cages that you’re photographing? ” “Filthy, dirty newspaper. The animals’ waste. The feces that was once at the wires and the grates. ” Outwardly, Shaw controlled to seem composed. Inwardly, she was once wracked with anxiousness, convinced she might stumble, say the inaccurate factor, and price the prosecution the case. “Who understands what may pop out of your mouth? ” she silently chided herself. “The method you bear in mind issues should be various from the best way another person recalls them. ” Finnegan subsequent known as Ravinda Murarka, the veterinarian with the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which had taken in sixty-three of Wolf’s canines. The association had spent approximately $8,000 treating the clinical difficulties of the animals during the last and a part months, now not counting room and board, Murarka acknowledged. “Almost each puppy used to be emaciated . . . the bulk have been infested with the fleas,” he testified. “Ten of them . . . they've got a really critical epidermis challenge . . . allergic dermatitis. And we needed to deal with for a minimum of to 3 weeks. ” Was there a causal dating among the stipulations saw at the videotape and the medical conditions of the canines? Finnegan requested. “Yes . . . they're saved in hugely unhygienic conditions,” Murarka acknowledged. “And what I saw is that which may perpetuate to the surface challenge while the canines have been stained with the feces and urine. ” The stipulations may also reason worms and pneumonia, he further. The temper within the court docket was once annoying. lower than cross-examination, Coates requested the veterinarian how lengthy it'll take for a puppy to agreement fleas. In excessive temperatures, they can hatch speedy, Murarka said—in as low as 4 to 5 days. Coates requested Murarka what proof he had that the canines he tested weren’t already being handled. they can were taken care of for fleas on February nine and nonetheless had fleas at the 11th, the day they arrived on the Pennsylvania SPCA, the lawyer stated. No, that wasn’t attainable, Murarka acknowledged. If the canines were taken care of, he may have spotted useless fleas of their coats. “The manner the canine have been infested with the fleas, they have been crawling everywhere in the place,” the veterinarian acknowledged. “If they're handled, the of the puppy do not need been like that. ” Coates surmised that maybe the canine had obtained fleas on February 10, an analogous day they have been got rid of. Murarka brushed aside that concept, too. “I don’t understand how someone can pour that a lot volume of the fleas at the dog,” he acknowledged. He further that canine increase allergy symptoms to the fleas’ saliva basically after a protracted infestation. The protection was once attempting to muddy Murarka’s testimony, however the pass judgement on was once no longer burdened. “It takes the fleas to chunk the heck out of the puppy until eventually he will get it,” Farmer interjected from the bench. Coates moved on. He wondered the reason for a congenital hernia present in one puppy. He commented that congenital hernias can advance despite how a puppy is taken care of. Murarka agreed, yet stated that hernias left untreated may cause difficulties later.

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