Target: Todd Wood, Pulaski County Sheriff
Goal: Close a puppy mill which continues to keep dogs under inhumane conditions, despite the owner being charged with animal cruelty.
A puppy mill in Nancy, Kentucky has been allowed to continue operating despite the fact that the owner has been charged with animal cruelty. The reason for this injustice is a lack of resources that speaks to a much larger animal welfare issue which impacts the country as a whole. Regardless of the politics behind it, the dogs at this kennel should not be resigned to a life of abuse, and this puppy mill must be closed immediately.
The Humane Society of the United States used hidden cameras to uncover the horrid conditions ad Dennis Bradley’s Dream Catcher Kennels. At the time the video was taken he had 58 dogs on his property, nearly a dozen fewer than eight weeks old. All of the dogs were in small rusty cages that were covered in mud, feces, and dead mice. A litter of puppies was crammed into one of the cages with their mother. Many of the dogs had wet, matted, fur and were shivering, trying to keep warm by laying on top of each other.
Earlier this year, Bradley’s home was raided by the local Sheriff’s department, who found many of his dogs near death. Two of them were in such bad condition they had to be euthanized. Bradley has since been charged with animal cruelty, but the county has done nothing to close Dream Catcher Kennels. This is because doing so would cost shelters up to $70,000 in shelter, food, and medical expenses. In cases as significant as this, larger animal rights groups usually step in and foot the bill, but so far no one has volunteered.
Sadly, investigators decided that they did not have the resources to shut down the operation, and instead could only remove the dogs that were in the worst condition and ask animal control to ensure that Bradley takes better care of his dogs in the future. This, however, is simply unacceptable. A known animal abuser should never, under any circumstances, be left to put hundreds of other dogs at risk in the future.
Please sign the petition below and demand that Pulaski County do what is necessary to protect the lives of these animals. Their welfare should not come with a price tag.
Dear Sheriff Wood,
Earlier this year you arrested Dennis Bradley, owner of Dream Catcher Kennels, who was eventually charged with animal cruelty. Despite the horrible circumstances his dogs were living in, Dream Catcher Kennels is still in operation simply because no one wants to pay for the rescue and care of the dogs. This is absolutely unacceptable. A convicted drug dealer would not be allowed to continue doing business after being convicted, nor would a pedophile be allowed near children. So why is it that these dogs, and hundreds in the future, should spend their lives suffering?
I demand that you close Dream Catcher Kennels immediately, and seek the aid of shelters and volunteers across the country to help take these animals away from such a terrible existence and keep Dennis Bradley from breeding dogs again. Puppy mills are cruel, unnecessary, and cost the citizens who adopt from them thousands of dollars each year in medical expenses for their dogs. Please end the cruelty now.
[Your Name Here]
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