Puppy Mill Awareness Day
Every September (since 2004), LCA and Paws of Austin host the annual Puppy Mill Awareness Day (PMAD) to raise awareness of the brutal realities of puppy mills. The event began in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and has evolved to include Los Angeles, CA and Austin, TX. Each year, attendance increases at PMAD as more and more people become educated about puppy mills.
Puppy Mill Awareness Day 2012 Austin, Texas
Delilah Belle – Puppy Mill Survivor
Puppy Mill Survivors
On September 25th 2012, hundreds of people showed up for Puppy Mill Awareness Day 2012 in Austin, Texas to show their support to put an end to puppy mills…and to meet the courageous puppy mill survivors.
Poison drummer Rikki Rockett, actress and Texas native Shannon Elizabeth, "It's Me or the Dog" star Victoria Stilwell, and Animal Cops Houston's Randy Farmer joined LCA's Chris DeRose and Carol Araneo-Mayer, co-founder of rescue group Paws of Austin for the inspirational event.
Many thanks for photography by Amy Gross, Austin, TX
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Puppy Mill Awareness Day 2011 Los Angeles
On Saturday, September 24th, 2011 LCA led a caravan of protestors to Littlerock, CA, about 60 miles north of Los Angeles, to protest the puppy mills which supply Los Angeles pet stores with puppies. This was the first time there has ever been a protest at the actual mills in California.
One mill was World Kennels. LCA’s Special Investigations Unit discovered World Kennels in 2008 and found over 400 dogs at the facility. As a result of LCA’s investigation over 300 dogs were removed. At this protest we let World Kennels know that we haven’t forgotten about them and the other dogs languishing in the hot kennels and that we won’t stop until all the dogs are released.
Several neighbors came out to talk to the protestors, they had no idea that this was going on in their own backyard. For too long the puppy millers have been able to hide in obscurity out in the Mojave Desert. On September 24th we gave them notice that they can no longer do so. Whether it is in California, Pennsylvania, or anywhere in between, LCA will not stop until every cage is open.
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