Grrr! Sic ’em, Oprah!
Oprah Winfrey will dedicate a show on puppy mill horrors to her beloved cocker spaniel, Sophie, who died of kidney failure last month.
“Sophie gave me 13 years of unconditional love. She was a true love in my life,” Winfrey says on the broadcast scheduled to air Friday. The show features Lisa Ling’s scathing investigation into puppy mills, an experience Ling calls “horrific” and “haunting.”
Puppy mills are not illegal. In every state, a breeding kennel can legally keep dozens, even hundreds, of dogs in cages for their entire lives, as long as the dogs are given the basics of food, water and shelter. Winfrey says her show is “for anybody anywhere who loves a dog, has ever loved a dog, or just cares about their basic right to humane treatment.”
And it’s especially important to reach people who may not know that puppies from these mass breeding mills are sold to Internet suppliers and chichi pet stores. By purchasing that doggy in the window — or in a photo on the Web — they may be perpetuating the pain and suffering of thousands of dogs. Click HERE for more information.
While Sophie was not a product of a puppy mill, and Winfrey’s three current dogs were adopted from breeders, Winfrey says in the future she will adopt from an animal shelter.
“I would never, ever adopt another pet now without going to a shelter to do it. I am a changed woman after seeing this show,” she says.
Click HERE to read some of Winfrey’s supporters talking about this issue.