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] 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118012277
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/19/2011
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 542,254
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(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.


Photo Credits.


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Saving Gracie 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"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.
Lifeandtime More than 1 year ago
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.
Angela Heller More than 1 year ago
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.
Mary Yudin More than 1 year ago
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!!!
scubagirl309 More than 1 year ago
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.
maggieJS More than 1 year ago
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.
Claire Pida More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Salisbury More than 1 year ago
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.
ATechwreck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A horrifying look into the world of puppy mills. Bradley leads the reader through a very painful expose on the world of dog breeding.Gracie, a Cavalier King Charles, is rescued from an infamous kennel and find a home with a young family, yet she retains scars from her years as a breeder. This and other well-ending stories cannot make up for the horror Bradley documents from the kennels however.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book of gracie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.