CBS4 Investigation: Rescue Organization Bought Dogs From Puppy Mill Auction


WE LOVE OUR ANIMALS IN COLORADO SO WHEN WE SEE MISTREATMENT, WE ARE OFTEN OUTRAGED AND DEMAND CHANGE. ANIMAL ACTIVISTS AND PET PROTECTION ORGANIZATIONS HAVE DECLARED WAR AGAINST PUPPY MILLS, TRYING TO SHUT THEM DOWN. BRIAN MAASS HAS FOUND THE PUPPY MILL INDUSTRY IS BEING SUPPORTED BY SOME UNLIKELY SOURCES. Reporter: WE FOUND THIS HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL ANNUAL — ANIMAL RESCUE GROUPS URGE PEOPLE TO ADOPT DOGS FROM SHELTERS OR RESCUES. WE FOUND SOME ANIMAL RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS IN COLORADO, GETTING DOGS, PUPPIES FROM PUPPY MILLS. FINANCE AND SUPPORTING THE INDUSTRY THEY WANT TO ELIMINATE. TONYA KOVAR LOVES ANIMALS. I HAVE AN EXTREME PASSION FOR GOD. Reporter: SHE VOLUNTEERED FOR CANINE RESCUE, RESCUING DOGS FROM SHELTERS WHERE THEY ARE ABOUT TO BE EUTHANIZED. THEN PUTS THEM UP FOR ADOPTION. SHE RECENTLY LEFT THE ORGANIZATION AFTER IT BOUGHT 24 DOGS FROM A PUPPY MILL AUCTION IN MISSOURI. I WANT SUPPORT A RESCUE THAT WILL SUPPORT MILLS. Reporter: BUT THAT IS WHAT THEY DID, ANIMAL WELFARE GROUPS HAVE CONDEMNED PUPPY MILLS, DOG BREEDING FACILITIES WERE PROFIT IS GIVEN OVER THE WELFARE OF DOGS. ACTIVISTS SAY THEY ARE GIVEN POOR CARE AND BREAD AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY. ON OUR WEBSITE, THEY WARN PEOPLE NOT TO BUY FROM PUPPY MILLS. DESPITE THAT, WE FOUND THEY DID IT THEMSELVES. THEY ARE DOCS THAT NEED TO BE SAVED. Reporter: REBECCA WALDROP FOUNDED THE RESCUE. I THINK EVERYONE CAN AGREE THAT WE ARE SAVING ANIMALS. THEY MAY NOT AGREE WITH HOW WE WENT AND DID IT AND THAT IS FINE. Reporter: THIS PAST SPRING THEY BOUGHT CONEY AND HEMI AND HOOLIGAN AND 21 OTHER DOGS FROM A PUPPY MILL AND PUT THEM UP FOR ADOPTION. THEY WERE FINANCIALLY SUPPORTING THE INDUSTRY THEY A POOR. WE DON’T LIKE PUPPY MILLS, WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM SHUT DOWN BUT THEY HAVE BEEN RUNNING FOR YEARS NOW. Reporter: SOME OF THE SOUGHT AFTER BREEDS SOLD FOR AS MUCH AS $2000. BUT THE CANINE RESCUE SAID THEY DID NOT MAKE A PROFIT. SOME PEOPLE WHO SEE THIS WILL SAY THAT MORALLY AND ETHICALLY, YOU SHOULDN’T SUPPORT PUPPY MILLS WITH YOUR DOCS. I DON’T THINK PEOPLE SHOULD TELL US WHO IS WORTHY OF SAVING AND WHO IS NOT. Reporter: KATHLEEN SUMMERS WITH THE HUMANE SOCIETY SAYS REST GROUPS SHOULD NOT BE PATRONIZING PUPPY MILLS. AS LONG AS PEOPLE ARE PUMPING MONEY — MONEY INTO THE INDUSTRY THEY ARE KEEPING A FOOT. Reporter: THIS SOUNDS LIKE THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET. JULIET REPRESENTS DOUGLAS COUNTY RESCUE. A LOT OF OTHER RESCUES DO THIS TO. Reporter: ANOTHER RESCUE GROUP ADMITS THEY BOUGHT DOGS FROM PUPPY MILLS, THEN THEY ADOPT OUT. Reporter: YOU UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED BY THIS PRACTICE? I UNDERSTAND BUT I ALSO CHALLENGE THOSE PEOPLE TO GO SIT THERE IN ACTION AND LOOK AT THOSE DOGS IN CAGES AND DO NOTHING. Reporter: DOUGLAS COUNTY CANINE RESCUE SAYS THEY ARE NOT SURE IF THEY WILL PATRONIZE PUPPY MILLS AGAIN, THEY SAY IT WAS A BREAKEVEN PROPOSITION, THEY DIDN’T MAKE ANY ON THE DOGS THEY SOLD BUT THEY BELIEVE IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. TOMORROW NIGHT AT 10 PM WE WILL LOOK CLOSER AT PET STORES AND WHERE THEY GET THEIR ANIMALS FROM AND WHAT WE FOUND IS PROMPTING ONE STORE TO CHANGE

8 comments on “CBS4 Investigation: Rescue Organization Bought Dogs From Puppy Mill Auction

  1. I volunteer with rescues here in Minnesota. We always go to breeding auctions across the country to save the breeding dogs, the moms and dads who have forced into breeding their whole lives. More often then not the auction cost of them is anywhere from $30-$50. At one point the price of the dogs was getting up to $200-$300 so our rescue stopped going to them for a while because we weren't going to support the breeders with the cost being so high. Going to it is not a "dirty little secret" within the rescue community, it's a very common practice that is never hidden. We post all their previous number tags online via our Facebook page with the caption 'You will never be a number again.' Rescues don't go to auctions to get puppies. We go to save those who are old and unwanted. Without rescues, those dogs are in jeopardy of dying in the care of the horrific breeders who've tortured then their whole lives and never given the opportunity to know what love is and the joy of being a dog for the last few years of their lives. I don't think the woman interviewed was an accurate portrayal of the practice and I'm disappointed in the reporting of this story.

  2. I agree with Laura below. Someone has to rescue the abused older dogs that have been breeding in puppy mills their whole lives. National Mill Dog Rescue specializes in rescuing puppy mill dogs and those dogs get put through hell and deserve a second chance! If Rescues didn't get them they would be continue to be abused by other puppy mills. It's hideous not to want to save them! CBS Denver needs to understand this. "Dirty little secret" my a$$! Have they seen puppy mill dogs that come out of those cages, they run in tight circles since they were caged their whole life. I saw a Rottweiler who was 4 y.o. and so scared and shy of people she had to be picked up and carried out of her crate. (Rotties are naturally very bold dogs… this goes to show you how abused she was! You can see the video on YouTube at National Dog Mill Rescue of that dog being unloaded.) If National Dog Mill Rescue didn't get them from the auctions they would continue to be abused. It's not a matter of money, it's a matter of compassion for suffering animals. They do sometimes get actual puppies that come with the older dogs, but they don't go to puppy mill auctions for the puppies, they go for the older dogs.

  3. At 2:25 she says people should not "tell us who is worthy of saving". AMEN!! The dogs- extremely abused sick ill dogs being auctioned deserve to be saved!! They should not have to "take one for the team" to "make a point". This is NOT on the shoulders of rescues. This is on the Government- the legislators, the USDA, The AKC- yes, the AKC that also attends the mill auctions so they can make sure they are getting their money cut. We need LAWS, and we need them ENFORCED!! Rescue groups account for LESS THAN 3% of sales at puppy mill auctions. Rescues are NOT floating the puppy mills- the breeders, the Amish, and the nasty government are!!!

  4. I understand how this looks, shelters go to puppy Mills to save them. People usually go to puppy Mills to buy breeders, when rescues go they are taking them giving them medical care, spaying and neutering them. And they giving them forever homes where they don't have to be in a cage the rest of there life's.

  5. I recently adopted a 5 year old scottish terrier female from a rescue. She had been bred over and over in a puppy mill, and had a huge growth on her face, and teeth problems, addressed and cured by the rescue. She and several others were purchased from a puppy mill auction. This is not supporting that industry, but covertly removing breeding dogs from further abuse there. If this discussion is about something else, ok, but many rescues try to get abused dogs out of that system the only way they can–by going to public sales and buying their way OUT. Our newly adopted dog is sweet and happy to be where she is loved and cared for. That is what this is about.

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