One of the many dog charities that we support is the Cocker Spaniel rescue. My (Rob) family had a cocker spaniel named "Penny" when I was a kid. I just received the latest newsletter from the rescue who saved a 1 year old dog from a puppy mill. Below is his story. After reading it, you may want to write your Congressman/woman to close down puppy mills.
RESCUE INFORMATION: Cocker Spaniel Adoption Center Inc., P.O. Box 1704, Westminster, MD 21158-5704 , 410-628-6191
Earlier this month, we reached out to volunteers in an attempt to locate a foster or forever home for Buddy, a sweet, energetic black and white cocker spaniel who had some special medical needs.
Buddy's short life began in a puppy mill. He was then sold to a pet store and bought by an impulsive family who began neglecting him immediately. He did not receive medical care, and when he came to CSAC severely anemic, the initial cause suspected was flea and parasite infection.
Sadly, something far worse was wrong with sweet Buddy. At the tender age of one year, Buddy was diagnosed with chronic, incurable kidney disease. His vet said that Buddy's disease could be managed for one or two years, but tragically, it could not even be managed a few weeks. Buddy was being fostered by a wonderful family, but he had barely arrived at their home when his condition rapidly deteriorated. Buddy's kidneys suddenly shut down, and nothing could be done for him. There was no choice but to let him go to free him from pain and suffering. Everyone who knew Buddy is heartbroken.
We thank Buddy's fosters and all the CSAC volunteers who worked so tirelessly to make Buddy's time in this world as special as possible. We also thank the many generous souls who unhesitatingly helped with Buddy's medical expenses. Although we are devastated by Buddy's premature departure to the Rainbow Bridge, his untimely and unnecessary death has made CSAC even more determined to do everything possible to put an end to puppy mills and continue to educate adopters about about responsible companion animal care.
Rest in peace, precious Buddy. You left us far too soon.
Cocker Spaniel Adoption Center Inc. (CSAC) is to help needy Cocker Spaniels find loving homes by displaying their pictures and descriptions and by telling their stories -- to the best possible extent. We are a 501(c)(3) charity and survive on donations from kind hearted folks like you.