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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

by Carol Bradley

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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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470447581
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 243
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents


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.



Appendix: Finding the Right Dog.


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