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

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A Grim Look Into The Hidden World Of Puppy Mills

"Saving Gracie" is the true story of a little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's rescue from a filthy, overcrowded puppy mill in Pennsylvania. It is also the story of the public's increasing awareness of the horrors of the puppy producing industry--at least 2.5 million pu...
"Saving Gracie" is the true story of a little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's rescue from a filthy, overcrowded puppy mill in Pennsylvania. It is also the story of the public's increasing awareness of the horrors of the puppy producing industry--at least 2.5 million puppies are born in these facilities every year. While most of the puppies go to pet stores and end up in homes, the breeding adults live out their lives in tiny cages, never knowing a kind human touch and never feeling grass under their feet. Once they become to old to breed, many of these dogs are shot by their owners.
This book documents the inspection and raid of MikeMar Kennels in Pennsylvania, and the subsequent trial, as well as the rehabilitaion and rehoming of hundreds of dogs. At times, the trial coverage was a bit tedious, and the history of the details of all the various laws was dry, but overall, the story was compelling. There were certainly moments of hope, as the stories of the rescued dogs, particularly Gracie, were told. There were a lot more moments of frustration, as the lawmakers, breeders and animal welfare advocates argued (and continue to argue) to change laws, while thousands of dogs suffer. Progress has been made--many kennels have been shut down, several unscrupulous breeders have been ordered to pay large fines, some pet stores which previously sold puppies have decided to start allowing shelters to showcase adoptable dogs in their stores instead. These changes are positive, but for anyone who has ever loved a dog, they are not nearly enough...there is so much more work to do.

posted by 3164083 on March 11, 2010

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Very political

When I bought this book, I was looking for a story on the happy transition of a puppy mill dog to life in a family. Instead, this is a very political book on the efforts being taken by HSUS and law agencies to shut down puppy mills -- important work but not what I was l...
When I bought this book, I was looking for a story on the happy transition of a puppy mill dog to life in a family. Instead, this is a very political book on the efforts being taken by HSUS and law agencies to shut down puppy mills -- important work but not what I was looking for.

posted by Lifeandtime on May 30, 2011

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