Wisconsin Humane to Buy and Shut Down Puppy Mill

July 19, 2008 at 2:48 am 5 comments

The Wisconsin Humane Society says it will buy and close one of the nation’s largest dog-breeding facilities  and plans to close the kennel and find new homes for the more than 1,100 dogs there, the society announced today.

Cory Smith of the Humane Society of the United States says the effort may be the first time a chapter has dealt with the issue of so-called puppy mills by buying one of them.  “You see these places and it’s heartbreaking. So when you know that people are making a living by this, this approach seems like a logical step — to use financial means to get the animals out of there.”

O-tay Corey…  If buying up the ‘livestock’ in puppy mills and shutting them down is such a terrific idea, why isn’t the H$U$ putting some of its MILLIONS of dollars to work to accomplish the task?  Oh that’s right.  Part of your ‘job’ is to end pet ownership.  Sad, sick, pathetic dogs in puppy mills are need to suffer so you can publicize their plight to get more donations to….  ….. ……  to publicize their plight!

Wisconsin Humane Society says it will take in 1,100 dogs from Puppy Haven, vet them, evaluate them and adopt them out to homes.  The new homes should be much better than the one they’re leaving.  According to the Journal Sentinel:

American Kennel Club spokeswoman Daisy Okas says the club suspended and fined the kennel’s owner in 2006 over the facility’s conditions.

Good for AKC — but really, does a suspension from AKC really mean anything anymore?  After all, new ‘designer’ registries like the Continental Kennel Club and America’s Pet Registry Inc. will register anything for a fee.  Given that most members of the public now believe that Labradoodles, Puggles and Maltipoos are ‘new, rare and unique breeds’ and that they don’t know the difference between a pedigree and a sales slip – if it’s cute, it’s furry and it ‘has papers’ – it will sell.

Haven’s dogs sold – and given the number of dogs he had and the length of time he was in business (over 40 years according to information on his website), he sold a lot of them.  He also notes that he lives in an Amish community (not surprising) and does an exemplary job of demonstrating poor grammar and spelling skills (also not surprising).

According to the Journal Sentinel:

The Wisconsin society has not said how much it is paying Wallace Havens. It says Havens agreed to sell because he plans to retire.  Puppy Haven sold about 3,000 dogs a year, according to the statement. The dog breeds included pugs, beagles, poodles, miniature schnauzers, Shih Tzus, American Eskimos, Yorkshire terriers and mixes known as “designer breeds.”

The Wisconsin Humane Society is asking for contributions to help pay for the costs of the dogs’ care and adoption.  PetSmart Charities has provided a generous gift of equipment to care for the animals, including leashes, collars, toys, food bowls and grooming supplies.  There are many needs that still remain, which will be posted on the WHS Wishlist.

I’d like to go on record saying that, as deeply as I sympathize with the miserable plight of puppy mill dogs, I strongly disagree with programs that purchase dogs from mills and auctions.  It is my opinion that, though they are well-meaning, these programs serve more to support the millers and auctioneers, and therefore – in the long run, hurt the dogs they seek to save.  Buying a dog from an auction or a mill sellout isn’t much different from buying a dog at a petstore – and in the long run – it just prolongs the misery.

When we stop buying them, they will stop breeding them.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Audie's Gramma  |  July 19, 2008 at 4:10 am

    “Chapter?” Wisconsin Humane Society is a “chapter” of HSUS?

    I bet that’s news to them. They don’t mention it on their web site.

    Have they been annexed, like the AKC does to dog breeds?

    Oh well. They’ve just provided a nice retirement nest egg for a career puppymiller. It’ll be good for all the wannabe breeders of york-a-puggle-doos to know that they will get a bleeding heart buyout when they are ready to dump their used breeding stock and head to Florida.

  • 2. Caveat  |  July 19, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    I totally agree and think this is foolish onthe part of the HS. Well, obviously if the H$U$ supports it, it’s foolish and counter-productive.

    Some breed clubs buy dogs at USDA auctions in order to save them from life behind bars. In my opinion, this does nothing but perpetuate the practices we all abhor. As tough as it is to walk by that underaged puppy in the window or to let ‘your breed’ suffer, this is a war and they are collateral damage.

    Here’s how twisted I’m getting. I’ve been wondering how many puppy mills are actually AR-operated in order to shoot those fundraising films, control how awful conditions are and create the impression that mills are much more prevalent than they are.

    Somebody slap me!

  • 3. Kiki  |  July 19, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    HSUS doesn’t have anything to do with the Wisconsin Humane Society. HSUS doesn’t have operate or fund ANY humane society as far as I know.

    I disagree with going to dog auctions and bidding on dogs, however, I can see where the WI HS is going with this one. Wallace Havens is retiring; he will not be purchasing more breeding stock to replace what he’s selling. The WHS will be spaying or neutering all of these animals, therefore taking them out of the breeding pool (this would not be true if Havens sold them to other mills). Going to auctions and bidding to keep puppy mills in business is a different story. They don’t care if the person that buys their dog does so because they don’t know any better or because they have a vendetta against puppy mills – either way it’s money in their pocket. The exception I might make for this is with the humane societies that go to the auctions and pay $5-10 on dogs that no one else is bidding on.

  • 4. common sense  |  September 1, 2008 at 5:35 am

    It sure sounds to me like the whole lot of you are a bunch of backyard breeders looking to shut down the pet industry so you can line your greedy little pockets from the greatly increased value (due to the shortage caused by your actions) of your cash crop. Of course, none of you are regulated by any government agency and none of you report any of your income to the IRS. If I figure out any of your identities, I will do my civic duty and turn you in!

  • 5. SmartDogs  |  September 1, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Go for it. in 30 years of dog ownership I’ve never produced a single litter – and the other person who posted here that I know well has produced two – in over 20 years.

    Yeah, we’re certainly poised to take over the pet industry…

    Common sense? Methinks you’re lacking a bit of it.

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