The kennels housing the dogs were similar to those seen in the photos below with the exception of the box attachement intended for shelter. There was no box or any shelter area as in the photos below because these cages were inside a building. Most of the cages had more than one dog, most had two or three. They all barked and danced on their hind limbs at the front of the cages excitedly. They were likely hoping that we were there to feed them.
I could see Pomeranians, Dachshunds, Shih Tzus, Lhasa Apsos, Pekingese, Bichon Frises... but I didn't spend long looking at them. I knew that if I fell in love with any of these dogs that I could not take it with me. I could not take one home that was not already on the "to go" list. As I walked down the room's small walkway, I avoided making eye contact with the dogs. There would be no visual or momentary bonding, because my hands were tied.
If I were to do or say anything to upset the owner, the outcome could be that the owner would discontinue his work with rescue. The dogs that routinely left this place to be vetted and await a new family with their rescue group, would no longer have that outlet. The only options without rescue would be sending the "discontinued" dogs to auctions or dog sales, selling them directly to other breeders to continue this life of production, or euthanizing them hopefully by a veterinarian, but that is not always the most economical decision for large commercial breeders.
View this video to hear a breeder discuss his option for putting down dogs...
If a veterinarian is not euthanizing the dogs, how is it being done???
There are more videos like this at http://www.caps-web.org/ , the website of the Companion Animal Protections Society. Perhaps there is one from your state.
Being aware of these other "options", I appreciate any breeder that will "dispose of their outdated stock" by giving it to rescue. It costs rescue groups a lot of money, as well as emotional expense, to house and care for these animals before they get adopted, but if you ask most rescuers, these are expenses they are willing to pay when presented with the other options.
Halfway down the building was a tiny office. We were led into this tiny office where the owner consulted a list of dogs needing to go. Some of the dogs were no longer producing well due to age or health reasons. Some of the dogs were members of a breed that he was no longer interested in selling.
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