NANCY, KY (WAVE) – Millions of puppies, maybe even one in your home, come from filthy and overcrowded breeding sites known as puppy mills. The substandard conditions can create huge vet bills and heartache for you after the puppy comes home.
The effort to stop puppy mills varies from county to county. In fact, one Kentucky man facing animal cruelty charges is still being allowed to breed and sell puppies – all because the county just doesn't have the resources to prevent it.
At Dream Catcher Kennels in Pulaski County, it's hard to imagine any of the puppies getting a good night's sleep. Six baby Schnauzer's were jammed into a wire cage with their mom. The puppies had wet bodies, matted fur and were shivering on top of each other as kennel owner Dennis Bradley demanded big money to take one away.
“The female is $ 300, the male is $ 250,” Bradley could be heard saying on undercover video taken in conjunction with the Humane Society of the United States.
Bradley told the hidden camera he has 58 dogs on his property, at least a dozen of them, eight weeks old or younger. Most could be seen living in rusty wire cages, covered in mud and feces. In another, a dead mouse could be seen on the floor of the cage.
Bradley said some of the older dogs at the kennel are used for breeding while others, have just never been bought. That means they've been living in those conditions their entire lives.
Bradley was asked why he cramped so many puppies into a cage at a time.
“They fit,” Bradley said. “I don't like it but that's what I've got to do right now.”
Winkles the Shar Pei cross, is a puppy who lives at Serendipity Farm. Having a taste for adventure and a penchant for mischief, each paddock is a playground …
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