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PUPPY MILL RAID

Every once in a while, you get involved in something that really and truly makes you sick. This is one of those "somethings".

On Saturday, September 14, 2002, a raid was conducted on Knights Kennel in Morrow County, Ohio. 113 dogs and puppies were rescued from this horrid facility. The kennels were extremely deplorable and the conditions inhumane. The dogs were kept in cages in mobile homes that were filthy.

The kennel is owned and operated by Doris Knight. The puppies bred at this kennel are sold to pet stores and/or brokers.

Ten of the dogs rescued were Shetland Sheepdogs and they are now safe at Precious Secrets Sheltie Rescue, where they will be held pending the outcome of a court case against this atrocious facility.

PSSR is in desperate need of help, especially food, cages, and even cash donations to help defray the cost of Veterinary bills. These precious animals may be with us for months and sadly, seven of them have tested positive for heartworm disease and are currently undergoing treatment.

Can you find it in your heart to help these neglected shelties? Contact Pam or Cathy at secret1@fuse.net if you can help!

We would like to give a special THANKS to the following people who have generously donated their time and services in the rescue of these sweet and innocent little Shelties. Without the support of our volunteers PSSR could not exist.

Erin Morris
Dena Ware
Patti Seligman
Shelley & David Hahn
Nancy Macaulay
Sue Veldkamp
Clermont County Animal Shelter
Columbus Dog Connection
Franklin County Animal Shelter
Pam & Jim Kiefer
Beechmont Pet Hospital
Iams

Outcome of the Court Case
On Monday morning, March 31, 2003, we finally brought closure to the Doris Knight Puppy Mill case. Doris had pled guilty to 13 charges of animal cruelty and neglect. Note: 109 dogs were removed from her puppy mill on Sept. 14, 2002, but she was only charged with 13 counts.

Doris was present in the courtroom along with her notorious brother who had already been convicted of brandishing a loaded firearm at the raid! These two are real nut cases!

The judge had agreed to allow all the rescues involved to make a presentation concerning the condition of the 13 dogs involved. Our leader, Mirna Bowman of Columbus Dog Connection introduced the video taken the day of the raid. It was a sickening display for any animal lover. Michelle Hall of Forgotten 4 Paws presented detailed medical records as well as a flip chart of before and after pictures of 12 of the dogs. PSSR's Co-Director, Pam Lindner, then spoke from her heart about Jacob, the little boy that we lost due to heartworm disease and his subsequent treatment. Pam did a wonderful job and upon looking around the courtroom, the only dry eyes were those of Doris and her brother. It was a very emotional moment for us all.

After the presentation, the Judge went over the plea agreement that had been reached between Doris and the court. He thanked us for the presentation, asked a couple of questions, and then proceeded to tell us that he had agreed to allow us to make this presentation. He left us no doubt that he had just granted us a favor that he really didn't have to do. He proceeded to tell us that Doris was just "a little old blind lady" who got in over her head. Although we believe that he was surprised to learn of the true condition of these dogs on the day of the raid, he only modified one condition of Doris' plea agreement.

The plea agreement is as follows: All fines and jail tome were suspended. Doris will serve 3 years probation. Doris will be allowed to have 2 companion dogs who will be required to be spay/neutered. Doris will not be allowed to participate in her brother's newly acquired "kennel" adventure. (He recently applied for a kennel license and he lives next door to Doris.)

So, Doris got a simple slap on the wrist and can go on her merry way. We are NOT pleased with the agreement but our hands are tied. The only good thing that came out of all of this is the fact that all 109 dogs seized that pitiful day last September are now safe in the arms of the breed rescues involved. They can now be officially adopted by loving families and they will never be mistreated again.

Unfortunately, little Jacob will never know the love and kindness of caring people. He will be our inspiration to become involved again with the next puppy mill raid. We will not let him die in vain as he taught us all so much. That shy little boy will be in our hearts forever.

To those of you that sent us our signed petitions, we were amazed and grateful at the receipt of nearly 1600! Although the Judge did not consider them in his sentencing, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support.

The next time you walk by a pet store and see those sweet little puppies behind the glass, remember where they came from and remember to look to the heavens and blow a kiss to Jacob.

We sincerely thank you,
Cathy Tucker and Pam Lindner (& Sharon Brown)
Precious Secrets Sheltie Rescue

If you are interested in one of these special dogs, or any of the dogs listed on our "Available Dogs" page, please send us an application for adoption from our website.

Before

Amy
After

Amy
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Charley
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Charley
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Cuddles
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Cuddles
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Ethan
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Ethan
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Jacob
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Jacob
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Jasmine
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Jasmine
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Megan
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Megan
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Penny
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Penny
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Shelley
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Shelley
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Star
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Star

Picture of Star's back - full of mats

Cuddles' belly - the mats are in reality all feces

Condition of dewclaws on most of the shelties
 

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