One of the happiest moments in my life was watching my old rescue dog Piper frolic with sheer and unabandoned joy in an open field for the very first time. She'd spent her first 7 years in a tiny concrete pen. Then on this day, with the grass under her feet, the sun on her face and the wind at her back she did what any dog experiencing their first taste of freedom would do ... she ran. And she ran. And I smiled in knowing, she was saved.
Not all dogs get the second chance they deserve. But the dogs I am writing to you about today MARTENS are well on their way.
Theirs is a rescue story that began six months ago when in the dead of night, in the bitter cold of winter, investigators finally cracked one of Australia's cruellest puppy factories. The life of deprivation endured by these dogs will break your heart. But their inspiring journey to freedom will melt it.
A four month long investigation into the puppy factory at Pyramid Hill in regional Victoria yielded extensive evidence that the operator was breaching multiple state and local laws. Animals Australia lodged formal complaints with the RSPCA and Loddon Shire Council and working together, 150 dogs have so far been rescued.
But the story is far from over.
This secretive yet notorious puppy factory was not only being shielded by its high walls but by useless laws which serve only to protect the interests of those profiting from dog abuse. And once again, it was only through the efforts of independent investigators that cruelty has been exposed.
MARTENS, we are taking on puppy factories.Because they are prolific. Because the suffering within them is rife. And because we think it's time to earn back the title of dog's best friend.
If ever there was a timely reminder that our persistence will pay off for animals — it's the massive rescue effort that saved the dogs of Pyramid Hill and will hopefully soon see the entire operation shut down for good.
For all the dogs we've ever loved and who loved us back,
Lyn White Campaign Director P.S. How much do you know about where puppies come from? Take our short quiz and find out! 37 O'Connell St, North Melbourne Victoria 3051, Australia You have received this alert because firstname.lastname@example.org is subscribed to receive Animals Australia e-updates. To unsubscribe,please click here.