I'm working at a puppy mill. LONG ADDED VIDEO
Probably nothing actionable. I mean, they're all healthy. The dog with the hurt leg is better now. It's just sad. Anyway, here it is.
I needed a little extra cash, so I answered an ad on craigslist for kennel cleaner. I like animals and have dealt with all kinds of pets, so I answered and got hired.
It's a puppy mill. Everybody is kept in cages, nobody goes out, well, they go out on weekends for parties, because they also have a side 'puppy party' business. Other than that, they don't leave.
Some dogs have indoor/outdoor runs, but there's a whole room full of dogs stacked in cages in the 'puppy room'. This is where the dogs go after they've been bred and start to look fat. It's filthy. It's cleaned once a day, and other than that, they're pretty much left alone. Some dogs are neat, but other ones destroy it and make it filthy 5 mins after it's cleaned. Obviously they need some other kind of place to stay, but they're stuck in the cage with the filth. They stay in there for a while, there's one with 4 doxie puppies and mom and it's just crowded at this point. Some are just fluffy dogs and get 'stuff' stuck on them. Eventually the owners will clean or shave the dogs.
It's noisy, horrible, smelly, nobody keeps track of anything like breeding dates and stuff. One puppy died already because the mom was so stressed she couldn't take it. I asked them if this was her first litter and they said they didn't know. :confused: I don't know where they got her or how they wouldn't know that.
Yesterday I had to break up a dog fight. THey're all small dogs, so it wasn't hard to do. One dog was bit in the leg really bad, so I went and told the owner. I put the dog that was bit in a separate cage. Owner came out and looked and cleaned up the blood. Brought a towel for the dog to sleep on and a piece of american cheese. :confused: No pain meds, dog was shaking and in extreme pain. Leg was extremely swollen and dog wouldn't put any weight on it. No vet, etc.
Also yesterday, a hyper jack russell in the puppy room has three cute puppies. But I guess once they are 4 or 5 weeks old, she 'starts beating them up'. So yesterday while we were looking at the dog with the hurt leg, this dog gets out. The owner grabbed the dog, put her in one of the indoor/outdoor kennels. Then puts a male dog in with her so she can get pregnant again already! Then I think, no wonder she's so messed up and she beats up her puppies if she's just being bred back to back like that! Plus no attention and never gets out and you know how how those dogs need to move around.
The dogs are so desperate for any kind of affection or attention.
Now here's the thing. THey all have food, water, and shelter. So I don't think animal control would do anything, in fact, they have an A rating from animal control!! So I don't think reporting them would even do any good.
So I go in and pay as much attention as I can to the dogs and puppies. THey're used to being grabbed by the neck, and they cower when you go to pet them, because they think they're going to be grabbed. It's so sad....
I don't know if I"m just venting or asking for advice, I really don't know what to do here. I feel like if I go, at least they get some attention.
It's really, really sad. I could not treat an animal like that. They are so desperate, and now that they know me, they're all excited when they see me and the unconditional love that dogs are known for just comes through. I haven't owned a dog since I was a kid. THey're really amazing and to see them locked up and treated like this... ugh.