Puppy Mill Teeth
(WARNING: The following pictures are graphic.)
The following are pictures that I took
with my digital camera of the teeth of Bichons that all came from commercial
kennels in Misourri. These pictures are typical and not unusual. I hearby swear
and promise that no pictures have been "doctored" or falsified in any manner
whatsoever. All rescued kennel dogs receive dental cleaning and if need be,
extractions. We have never rescued a Puppy Mill Dog that didn't need it's teeth
cleaned before it could be placed in a home.
This is the
mouth of a four year old Bichon Frise.
This is the mouth of a 5 year old Bichon Frise. During the
dental exam his mouth started to bleed. His teeth were starting to come loose,
and there was a raw nerve exposed.
This is the mouth of a seven year old female Bichon.
These are 15 rotten or diseased teeth that were pulled
the dog's mouth pictured directly above.
These are the teeth of a recently
purchased Commercial Kennel Auction Bichon.
These are the teeth of one of our recent commercial kennel
rescues. The blue line points to an oral tumor in front of one of his canines,
which is being removed and biopsied. The green lines point to broken
The following petition was sent to the USDA
asking them to study the practice of using rodent water bottles in the
We, the undersigned, respectfully request the United States Department of
Agriculture study the long-term effect of the use of 'lick-it' type waterers
that are used in commercial dog kennels in America.
These small watering
devices were designed for rodents, such as gerbils, and yet they are used in
commercial kennels throughout the country.
In our opinion, the use of
these waterers in kennels pose many health threats to the animals, as well as
the people who handle the animals.
We theorize that these waterers rob
the dogs of a fresh and adequate supply of water and are a violation of the
Animal Welfare Act.
We also theorize that the lack of readily available
supplies of clean, fresh water, inhibits the dog's ability to keep its mouth
clean and free of bacteria. Since the dog can not 'rinse' its mouth, bacteria is
allowed to multiply at an incredible rate of speed. As the bacteria multiplies,
other organs also become infected. As kennel owners repeatedly treat eye and ear
infections with antibiotics, the bacteria becomes more resistant. This
eventually becomes a public health risk.
We respectfully ask that the
Department of Agriculture look into this potentially dangerous situation. We ask
that experts in the field of veterinary and dental health be consulted and that
culture and sensitivity reports be taken on random swabs obtained from
commercial breeding stock.
If our theories prove correct, we ask that
USDA require all lick-it type waterers be removed from primary housing units of
commercial kennels. This would require no change in the AWA, as the AWA already
provides the animals the right to adequate amounts of fresh