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My name is Kimberly Thomas, and I am the owner of Kismutt Rescue. James McClean [at Toronto Animal Services South] is a good friend of mine, and I send him many puppy mill dogs. He is a great guy!

I wanted to send you a couple of more videos of the latest mill dogs I sent to James. This video shows the dogs being shaved here at Kismutt Rescue. The matting is horrendous and you can clearly see in the video the hundreds of fleas on the skin as the matts are being shaved away. I have been rescuing these puppy mill dogs for 11 years now. I have been trying to no avail to shut them down. I work with the townships, the OSPCA, and it is like banging your head against the wall. I have over 40 Amish puppy mills that surrender their dogs to me that they are going to shoot.

What is important for the public to know, is that puppy mills are not illegal. Each year they are inspected by the Township and the OSPCA and their kennel licenses are renewed. These poodles are from a licensed puppy mill and his license was just renewed again. All his dogs look like this (all 110 breeding adults). Every Amish mill dog looks like this but yet they pass their inspections. It is pathetic. I would be so thrilled if you could post this video on your blog and explain to your followers what is happening.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God Bless.


In the video below is one of the pups from yesterday's post after it's been rescued.

It might be difficult to see in the video (viewing full screen in Youtube helps) but those black specks against the bare skin are all fleas.

4 Comments to “Shaving the Puppy Mill Poodles - Mattes and Fleas”

  1. selkiem says:

    breaks my heart.... and so our government, the OSPCA (big SURPRISE), local authorities - are all complicit in the ongoing abuse... disgusting

  2. Anonymous says:

    The neighbour out walking with her dog and found a pomeranian in a sealed cardboard box (air holes were in it).
    Thank God the wee thing is in a good home now with a companion. Disposing of the evidence?

  3. Pathetic. The Ontario government sees these animals as "livestock" as only need to be given the basic necessities such as food and water. Legally, the animals don't need to be given anything else. I'm embarrassed for our government.

  4. GoLightly says:

    The reason this is legal is tied into our agricultural system. We treat our food animals with equal "care". Or not. Who cares? Justananimal. Thank you to the rescuers. Good luck to them all.

    Legal loopholes. grrrrrrrrr.

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A request

The reason for this blog is to help get specific dogs adopted from TAS but equally important is to try to normalize the idea of shelter dogs being just as good and just as desirable as any other dogs including those which are regularly merchandised by backyard breeders, puppy millers and those few remaining pet store owners who still feel a need to sell live animals. The single greatest stigma shelter animals still face is the belief that shelter animals are substandard animals. Anyone who has had enough experience with shelter animals knows this is untrue but the general public hasn't had the same experiences you've had. They see a nice dog photo in a glossy magazine and too many of them would never think of associating that dog with a dog from a shelter. After all, no one abandons perfectly good dogs, right? Unfortunately, as we all know, perfectly good dogs are abandoned all the time.

The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

Pound Dogs sometimes discusses the sad histories some of the dogs have suffered. For the most part, though, it tries to present the dogs not as victims but as great potential family members. The goal is to raise the profiles of animals in adoption centers so that a potential pet owner sees them as the best choice, not just as the charity choice.

So, here's the favour I'm asking. Whenever you see a dog picture on these pages you think is decent enough, I'd like you to consider sharing it on Facebook or any other social media sites you're using (I know many of you do this already and thank you for that). And when you share it, please mention that the dog in the photo is a shelter dog like so many other shelter dogs waiting for a home. If we can get even five percent of the pet buying public to see shelter dogs differently, to see how beautiful they are and how wonderful they are, and to consider shelter dogs as their first choice for a new family member, we can end the suffering of homeless pets in this country.