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

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A compelling true story of one dog's rescue from a Pennsylvania puppy mill

This touching narrative uses the poignant makeover of Gracie, a sickly Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, to tell the story of America's hidden puppy mills-commercial kennels that breed dogs in horrific living conditions and churn out often-diseased and emotionally damaged puppies for sale.

Saving Gracie chronicles how one little dog is transformed from a bedraggled animal ...

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Overview

A compelling true story of one dog's rescue from a Pennsylvania puppy mill

This touching narrative uses the poignant makeover of Gracie, a sickly Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, to tell the story of America's hidden puppy mills-commercial kennels that breed dogs in horrific living conditions and churn out often-diseased and emotionally damaged puppies for sale.

Saving Gracie chronicles how one little dog is transformed from a bedraggled animal worn out from bearing puppies into a loving, healthy member of her new family; and how her owner, Linda Jackson, is changed from a person who barely tolerated dogs to a woman passionately determined not only to save Gracie's life, but also to get the word out about the millions of American puppy mill dogs who need our help.

  • A touching story of survival and redemption
  • Written by award-winning journalist Carol Bradley
  • Newsworthy issues call animal lovers to action

Join journalist Carol Bradley as she draws back the curtain on the world of illegal puppy production in Saving Gracie.

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* "...a scorching investigation of puppy mills… this book is an impassioned call to action." (People Magazine, March 8, 2010)

"Bradley's compelling account propels readers on a roller-coaster ride of emotion as they follow Gracie's journey from a squalid puppy mill to a loving home. But this is also an excellent exposé of a shady industry—it describes legislative attempts to control the large-scale breeding of dogs and evaluates the effectiveness of those efforts." (Library Journal, February 1, 2010)

Journalist Bradley exposes the hidden world of puppy mills, where dogs are caged like chickens and forced to repeatedly breed until they die. Unlike most factory farm animals that endure painful confinement and are slaughtered within six months of birth, mill breeding dogs are sentenced to many years of existence in deplorable conditions; many don't learn to walk because their cages don't give them enough room to stand. Bradley details the raid of one such mill, Mike-Mar Kennel in Oxford, Pa., which led to the seizure of more than 300 dogs, mostly adults that had languished for years with broken limbs and untreated diseases. Dog 132, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel later named Gracie, was rescued during the raid. Nearly blind, with decayed teeth and a strong aversion to human contact, Gracie flourished under the love and patience of her adoptive owner, Linda Jackson. Bradley's powerful narrative will tug at heartstrings, raise public awareness, and, hopefully, help put an end to puppy mills. (Feb.) (Publishers Weekly, January 4th, 2010)

Publishers Weekly
Journalist Bradley exposes the hidden world of puppy mills, where dogs are caged like chickens and forced to repeatedly breed until they die. Unlike most factory farm animals that endure painful confinement and are slaughtered within six months of birth, mill breeding dogs are sentenced to many years of existence in deplorable conditions; many don't learn to walk because their cages don't give them enough room to stand. Bradley details the raid of one such mill, Mike-Mar Kennel in Oxford, Pa., which led to the seizure of more than 300 dogs, mostly adults that had languished for years with broken limbs and untreated diseases. Dog 132, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel later named Gracie, was rescued during the raid. Nearly blind, with decayed teeth and a strong aversion to human contact, Gracie flourished under the love and patience of her adoptive owner, Linda Jackson. Bradley's powerful narrative will tug at heartstrings, raise public awareness, and, hopefully, help put an end to puppy mills. (Feb.)
Library Journal
To reveal the horrors of the puppy mill industry, award-winning journalist Bradley chronicles the rescue of a small Cavalier King Charles spaniel named Gracie. Many heroes are profiled here, from the people who investigated and shut down a Pennsylvania kennel to those who rescued, treated, and eventually adopted the canine survivors. Last but not least are the dogs, which despite their inhumane treatment were still able to form strong attachments to their new owners. VERDICT Bradley's compelling account propels readers on a roller-coaster ride of emotion as they follow Gracie's journey from a squalid puppy mill to a loving home. But this is also an excellent exposé of a shady industry—it describes legislative attempts to control the large-scale breeding of dogs and evaluates the effectiveness of those efforts.—Edell Marie Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470447581
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 243
  • Sales rank: 650,459
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Bradley is a former newspaper reporter who studied Animal Law as a 2004 Nieman Fellow at Harvard. She spent twenty-six years covering the U.S. Congress and state legislatures in Tennessee and New York and writing features and investigative stories in Montana.
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Table of Contents

Preface.

1 Caged for Life.

2 "Check Out That Place".

3 A Breeder’s Rise and Fall.

4 Orchestrating the Raid.

5 Filth and Fear.

6 Sorting the Dogs.

7 A Safe Place for Dog 132.

8 The Case Goes to Court.

9 Proving Cruelty.

10 The Breeder Appeals.

11 The Soft, Cool Feel of Grass.

12 Deciding on a Dog.

13 Overwhelmed.

14 Too Scared to Play.

15 Learning to Trust.

16 Tackling the Puppy Mills.

17 A Bond Develops.

18 The Crackdown Begins.

19 Elsewhere, Suffering.

20 Two Lives Changed.

Epilogue.

Acknowledgments.

Appendix: Finding the Right Dog.

Notes.

Photo Credits.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2010

    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 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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

    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 looking for.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Rescue dogs all over the world owe Carol Bradley a big thank you.

    Well written account of the Puppy Mill hell holes. As the owner of a rescued puppy mill Momma--the continued trauma that affects this little souls is heartbreaking.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    Great Reminder!

    more in depth eye opener on the disgraceful practice of puppy mills. More people need to step up and speak out against this horrific breeding practice! We need to be the voice of the innocent victims.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    very heartwarming

    i found this book in the library, and i didnt really feel too intrested, but then i found it in the nook store and read the free saple, and i bought the book. it is very heartwarming. i loved how it brought the issue of the cruelty to animals. i am highly agenst animal abuse, and i reccomend this to anyone who agrees. again,very well written, and i liked each of the rescue stories. could not leave alone!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    If you love dogs this is a must read

    When I picked this up I expected it to be about the trials of one dog, but it was so much more than that. It truly opened my eyes to the plight of puppy mill dogs and the horrible conditions under which some animals live. Hard to believe that in our supposedly enlightened society we allow defenseless animals to be treated with such cruelty. From cover to cover I just couldn't stop reading, or stop hugging my own beautiful Cavalier King Charles.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

    wonderful

    is wonderfully written, i have two cavaliers and this beautiful precious.gracie deserves a few bucks about her awesome story i couldnt put it.down!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2010

    A Highly Recommended Read for Pet Lovers

    Saving Gracie was a tough book to read, but, I'm glad I did. I guess my head had been in the sand regarding puppy mills. Anyone who is as unknowing as I was about the existence of these places will be affected by reading this book. Having owned cats and dogs most of my life, I am now much more attentive to how local pet stores acquire their pets for sale and and even more supportive of our local animal shelter. When I read the "puppies for sale" ads in our newspaper, I know to question where these animals come from. This book leaves the reader with much better knowledge when the time comes to choose a new pet.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Help

    I want this book so bad but its too much for me right at the moment. What should I do? Wait? I want to read it now. Just looking at the summery and reading the reviews make me want it even more. I want to know how many pages it is and if its worth the money. Could you do that for me? Whats the age range? Help.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Miley Cirus

    I love the book of gracie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Dear very political, please read.

    Did you read the overview? It was talking about pupys lives in puy mills. PS: puppys transition from mill to family is never happy because the pupy is always sick or half dead, you heartless creep. PPS: take it from a peta member about the dogs.

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