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

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

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by Carol Bradley
     
 

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"[A] scorching investigation of puppy mills. . . . [This] book is an impassioned call to action."
People magazine

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

In the United States alone, an estimated 10,000 cramped kennels produce as many as 4 million dogs a year—innocent, often diseased, and

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"[A] scorching investigation of puppy mills. . . . [This] book is an impassioned call to action."
People magazine

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

In the United States alone, an estimated 10,000 cramped kennels produce as many as 4 million dogs a year—innocent, often diseased, and emotionally damaged animals who are then sold to unsuspecting families as "purebred" puppies. Worse, some—like Gracie—are kept behind and turned into breeding stock, doomed to a life of confinement with nothing to look forward to but monotony and loneliness. But not every tale about a puppy mill dog has a sad ending, as you'll learn in this heartwarming book.

Saving Gracie uses the poignant transformation of a scruffy Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who was rescued from her sentence as a breeding dog to tell the story of America's hidden puppy mills. Award-winning journalist Carol Bradley chronicles Gracie's makeover from a bedraggled animal worn out from bearing too many litters into a loving, healthy member of her new family; and follows her owner, Linda, as she becomes passionately dedicated to saving Gracie's life and spreading the word about the millions of American puppy mill dogs who need our help. Saving Gracie will open your eyes, warm your heart, and call you to action.

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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:
03/01/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
243
Sales rank:
743,669
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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