Those of you crying out for the rights of the Smith's have not seen one dog taken from there. As a rescurer with 2 of these dogs I can adamantly say there was rampant abuse and neglect. How many of you screaming for the rights of the Smith's have seen an 18 pound 1 year old Golden Retriever? None of you, it's unheard of, and yet I have one living in my home right now. She is scared of everything but me and my dogs she has now bonded with. She had no clue what a toy or a treat was. She doesn't know how to play or how to be a puppy.
How many of you will fight for her rights? She will never get bigger than a 4 month old Golden. She will never be a mental giant and she will never be bred. The Smith's were trying to sell her as a 4 month old when it is obvious she is an adult dog. How scrupulous of them.
My advice to all of you coming to the rescue of the Puppy Mill owners is to educate yourselves. Look at the videos, read the articles, talk to the people fostering these dogs. The fight for the side you feel is right.
Don't be so quick to jump on the bandwagon of the big bad government violated the rights of these poor people just trying to make a living. They knew the mill had gotten away from them, but these are not temporary conditions. Dogs do not get mange overnight.
Dead dogs and bones from dead dogs in the kennels, no clean food or water. Conditions you would not tolerate in your home but are okay in the kennel? Think about what you would be willing to put up with and then speak your mind.
I'm not persecuting the Smith's, I'm trying to give you another side of the story to make you think about knee jerk reactions without doing due diligence and research.
Look at the pregnant Collie's that had litters and only 3 puppies survived because of parvo and distemper.
So many of the younger dogs have died due to Parvo. Preventable and yet not prevented.