Teddy, puppy mill survivor
There is a dark side to the pet industry, and it manifests itself in the cruel and unforgiving world of commercial dog breeding, also known as puppy mills
. These dogs are kept in horrible conditions, expected to breed or mate until they are too old or sick to go on, at which point they are either killed or discarded.Unless, that is, they are lucky enough to be rescued by the many non-profit organizations who venture to save, rehabilitate, and find loving homes for these discarded breeding dogs. That was the case for two puppy mill survivors, whose stories attest to the horrible conditions of these awful places.Harley and Teddy are two Chihuahuas who were rescued from different puppy mills, but suffered similar horrors during the years that they were confined to dirty wire cages, expected to produce litter after litter until their bodies were too broken to continue.