Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mills
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This touching narrative uses the poignant makeover of Gracie, a sickly Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, to tell the story of America's hidden puppy mills-commercial kennels that breed dogs in horrific living conditions and churn out often-diseased and emotionally damaged puppies for sale.
Saving Gracie chronicles how one little dog is transformed from a bedraggled animal worn out from bearing puppies into a loving, healthy member of her new family; and how her owner, Linda Jackson, is changed from a person who barely tolerated dogs to a woman passionately determined not only to save Gracie's life, but also to get the word out about the millions of American puppy mill dogs who need our help.
- A touching story of survival and redemption
- Written by award-winning journalist Carol Bradley
- Newsworthy issues call animal lovers to action
Join journalist Carol Bradley as she draws back the curtain on the world of illegal puppy production in Saving Gracie.
during the two and a half hours she was gone. There were three buildings full of dogs to rescue, and staffers were still working in the first. “What are we going to do with all these dogs?” Beswick asked Shaw as they headed inside Wolf’s residence. “We’ll take care of it,” Shaw said, but she had no idea how. Chapter 5: Filth and Fear Shaw had never been part of an operation this massive. From time to time that evening, she stepped away from her other tasks to
milk. The fragrance of the milk was overpowering. The puppy pushed her way toward the mother dog’s belly, nuzzled against it, suckled until she was full, and then slept. For this Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the earliest chapter of life unfolded much the way it does for all puppies. Ninety percent of the day she slumbered; she nursed the other 10 percent. Satiating her hunger was foremost on her mind. Eyes shut, she squirmed under and around the other puppies to latch hold of a swollen
Finnegan planned to present in court. If she couldn’t nail the evidence, Shaw worried, the dogs could wind up back at Wolf’s. “No holes,” she kept telling herself. “If I lose, all those animals lose, too.” • • • Wolf was busy planning his own strategy. He’d hired a team of lawyers led by Eric Coates of Oxford. Coates had a rapport with the judge and would act as the spokesman for the group. The other attorneys—John Alice of Philadelphia and Charles Iannuzzi of nearby Woodbury, New
to walk them. You had to board them when you went away. “The kids want a dog, sure, but I’ll be the one who winds up taking care of it,” she thought. “There’s no getting around that.” It was noon when she turned off the bypass, followed a curving road for a few hundred yards, and drove up the driveway to the Animal Rescue League facility. She parked her car and entered the main door. She’d never been inside an animal shelter before, and the pungent aroma of the place—a combination of
was the site where the paper used to print the Declaration of Independence and the country’s first dollar bills was milled. A short drive away was the legendary Longwood Gardens, the landscaping extravaganza that attracted more than a million visitors a year. Not only was the area historically prominent, it was prosperous—Chester County has the highest median income level in Pennsylvania—and influential. Less than a mile from Wolf’s property was Lincoln University, the nation’s first college