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800 Dogs Seized From Couple’s Home

Written by PETA | March 14, 2008

A couple in Tucson was caught by Arizona authorities this week with close to 800 dogs (mostly Chihuahuas) and 80 parrots in filthy conditions inside their trailer. CBS News quoted workers on the case as suggesting that the owners were “breeders with good intentions,” which is rather like calling someone a well-meaning child abuser. According to the news reports, more than a dozen dogs were found stuffed inside a single crate in some cases. Some dogs had reportedly been found missing paws from fighting with cage mates.

The story has received national media attention (including an interview with PETA VP Lisa Lange on Nancy Grace last night), and we’re hoping that, as horrible as it is, it helps to dispel myths about breeders being people who care about animals. It seems pretty clear that these folks were running a puppy mill for profit, and PETA is calling on authorities to take this case extremely seriously, including vigorously prosecuting the couple and, should they be convicted, pursuing a provision in their sentencing to ensure that they never be allowed to have even one animal again.

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  • Mir says:

    Not too sure if anyone reads this anymore but the clinic i work for saw a lot of the dogs and the birds that were sick. all of the dogs were adopted almost as soon as they went up for adoption people were actually fighting over them cause they were purebreds. Also the couple got back most of their birds which i think was wrong

  • Taylor says:

    This is a horrible business. I don’t understand how people can do these horrible things. I suggest we inform as many people as possible about these facts so the world can know about these poor animals.

  • Caroline says:

    MeanJean For your information there are a lot of strays I have brought home and a lot of other volunteer works that I do not that I have to convey what I do to someone like YOU!!! You are one of those who obviously has no class or the heart to understand the plight these animals go and will never too in a million years! I have read what filth you write against people who support Peta whenever you post a comment. If you don’t like Peta or the animal support works they do then get the hell out of this blog don’t you have any shame to be at a blog when you don’t even support animal rights? I shall not reply to you again. May God save you!

  • christina says:

    i just wanted to apologize that i misread the name for the post i commented on my post was for anonymous animal control officer from north carolina i read the name above it and thought it was laura…sorry to everyone about that..

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Tamara If this helps I can tell you that doggie and kitty clothing can be downright dangerous. Those America’s Funniest NOT!!!!! Home Videos and Planet’s funniest animals are great examples. Like the video of a cat placed on the kitchen counter the cat was wearing a shirt or halloween costume and fell off the counter sideways completely trapped in the cloth fell head first. While the audience laughed in joy of course. Completely not funny animal abuse. So I agree!

  • Tamara says:

    I have to comment on something that has been bothering me for a long time now. Specifically DOG CLOTHES AND DOGGIE JEWELRY. It just IRKS me that people will spend I mean WASTE their money on this stuff. I read of one dog that has her OWN CLOSET of doggie clothes. Yeah the dog looks cute IMO they look ridiculous actually. But the people that buy this stuff think the dog looks cute. I guess I don’t know what their point is. THEY NEED TO TAKE THIS MONEY AND DONATE IT to some cause that benefits animals. Spay neuter programs their local shelter ANY WHERE but dressing up their dog in these ridiculous dresses little jeans for the little boy dogs. The little tshirts. I have seen Swavorski crystal on dog dress and collars. BTW Peta’s doggie tshirts benefit PETA so I will give them a pass Also it’s perfectly reasonable that if your dog has a short coat or you live in extremely cold climate that your dog should have a coat to wear in the winter for when he goes outside to do his business. Beyond that it pains me to see all of this money thrown into CRAP. If these people love dogs as much as they say or think they do they need to take this money and use it for positive animal purposes. Not to dress their animal like it is a doll or a child. I hope this post is not too far down the line to not be read by bloggers. Jack or at least someone at PETA I know has to read these new posts for content. I really think this is an issue PETA needs to think about taking a stand on.

  • meanjean says:

    Caroline wake up. If this animal control officer quit his job another would just take his place be a whole lot crueler then he is. By the way Miss Morals I did not see in your post how many abandoned animals YOU have taken in given a home.

  • james /levona passori says:

    god didn’t put these beauitful aniaml’s on this earth to be mistreated by nobody.you people need someone to put you in a cage and treat you the same as you did to these poor animal’s.my husband and i love our pet’s and we would never treat them that way.we love spoiling them by taking them for rider’s and buy hambuger’s for them.you people make me and other animal’s lover’s sick.animal’s have rigth’s and feeling just like you.if only they could talk or pick up thing’s they should beat the cramp out of you people.i feel that animal contorl should give you people a big fine and take all the pet’s and sit your butt’s in jail for long as you been mistreating these’s poor babie’s

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter for Animals says:

    Carrie YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. Judith Peace!

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Hi Ana! Thank you so much. I still have the strangest nightmares about what I did in the shelters. It was truly surreal and terrible. Those experiences definetly shaped many of my beleifs now and I am convinced that we need to save the strays and ferals first and foremost. Every single companion needs a clean loving permanent home immediately. And as you said cats indoors!! and bunnies too of course!

  • Lisa says:

    The story of this couple is being portrayed in the media as one of trying to save animals. There are two opposite ends of the spectrum here animal breeding and animal collecting. Seems they got caught and are trying to save face. I’ve also heard claims of dementia and thus no charges have been filed. Laura’s comments are a testament to strict requirements for spayneutering. Isn’t California making it mandatory? I’m sorry Laura for what you have to go through because of ignorance.

  • Kris Shulfer says:

    WOW!! What a wonderful out poor of emotion for these people who have these horrible jobs and the feelings of sadness we share for them. I love it!! Thanks everyone!!!

  • Carrie says:

    Let’s all remember that most serial killers started out torturing and murdering innocent animals. Anyone who would harm or neglect an animal should be done away with…they will never be of use to society and our world already has enough people in it with no conscience. I can’t believe that people can actually look another living thing in the eye and let it die be cruel to it beat it starve it. What is wrong with people????

  • Ana says:

    Hi Maya!!! I feel for this guy. At least he feels horrible having to do this some people just don’t care. He is forced to perform these atrocities because other people don’t give a damn. What bothers me also is that gas chambers are being used in an ultra wealthy nation. You have the rich and idiotic whose only concern is if they were noticed by the public while they spend millions on trivial junk Paris Hilton Britney Spears Jennifer whore Lopez Puffy Beyonce’ Jayzee and all of the other misfits too numerous to name. Folks please spay and neuter and keep your cats and dogs keep them safely inside the home. You don’t leave your children outside in the cold and heat defenceless against the subhumans that want to hurt them so give the cats and dogs the same treatment otherwise don’t get any. Peace Maya I am sure that episode in your life was certainly painful. At least you cared!!

  • Maya, C.V.T. says:

    To the animal control officer I know how you feel I also euthanized close to a thousand animals in shelters. But hey let’s not make it worse by feeling sorry for ourselves. It’s destructive. People would walk right in with a pet to surrender and call me a murderer! I couldn’t do anything but laugh. There were two perfectly clean large cageless nokill shelters within half an hour of us and they were all too fing lazy to drive their pets there! Would we rather have these animals on the streets tortured by kids hanged frostbitten poisoned dying from panleukopenia or parvo?? We have terrible animal control here dogs and cats run in front of cars cause accidents get crushed and are left to die in agony in the road. My neighbor called me over one February evening and she had a dead cat that had frozen to her driveway!! She was so upset I pulled the cat off and part of its eyes were still frozen to the ice! Can you imagine dying that way? Pull yourself together friend! We are doing the best we know how and we need to keep educating people every day they will get the message eventually. In the meantime you’re a saint for doing everyone else’s dirty work. May good Karma find you every day!

  • Teresa says:

    Laura we will NOT GIVE UP the fight to help the animals and end your job. When I search the internet I can’t believe that PETA is the ONLY voice to abolish breeding and mandate spay and neuter.

  • Ana says:

    In reference to the gas chamber it is a slow and painful death but these poor dogs and cats are subjected to this horror in a VERY WEALTHY NATION!!!! This should have ended decades ago. People argue over the lethal injection being too cruel for the killers on death row but few bat an eyelash that cats and dogs are being subjected to the slow painful violent death in a gas chamber. Everyone who abandons their cats and dogs in the streets and everyone who does not spaynueter their cats and dogs has blood on their hands!!! The violence and injustices the other animals suffer at our human greedy violent hands is revolting. Oh yes we’re just so civilized with our avarice and materialism!!

  • Caroline says:

    To “anonymous” please do not try to give any justification for what you do. I agree we all need a job but no individual has a right to murder innocent animals for any reason whatsoever. Who are we to end the life of other species when we were never given the power to create them in the first place?!! I still remember a shiver going down my spine when I read the way you would gas all those poor skinny dogs and pregnant cats.. and how are they your best friends tell me do you do this to your best friends?? Im sure if they could speak they would probabaly tell you not to do this to them. I sincerely hope you would look for something else to do and leave those innocent animals alone. The law should also be stricter regarding these things so that this menace stops.

  • Caroline says:

    The intention of these people is only profit and definitely not the welfare of the poor animals… I hope they get the most severe punishment so we don’t have more instances like these…

  • BullyDawg says:

    Anonymous Animal Control Officer from North Carolina that was the single most powerful thing I think I have ever read on this or any other blog. If your testimony doesn’t make people spay and neuter their dogs and cats I don’t know what will. I hope someday you’ll be able to leave this job and find peace in another profession. PETA you need to spread this guy’s story everywhere!

  • christina says:

    to laura…im so sorry that you have to work such a horrible job…please if you can find another job…this job will eat your soul. its nice that you try to give the animals some love and affection given the circumstances. i wont judge you i work for a corporate pharmacy that buys drugs from companies that inflict suffering on animals by testing and it makes me sick everyday but i didnt go to college either and i know its hard to find work that pays well and provides benefits. i hope that you will someday be able to use your experience with animals to do something less sad. i do blame the people who dont spay and neuter and i blame the powers that be for not providing proper programs or help for TNR spay and neuter programs and such. many of the towns here in connecticut also have no programs and the shelters become overfull of unwanted and unfixed pets. people around here think getting a dog is like getting a new purse and when they realize it takes commitment and love time and money heart and soul…they toss them like garbage. with cats its even worse some people dont even think of them as pets just mice catchers or something. my friend works at a vets office and has seen all sorts of horror stories. the shelter here in the town we live in as far as i know puts down ALOT of animals…and i know that the people working there they do care…but they are so overfull and get no help from the town or the state or the dumb ass people who wont spay neuter or take pet care seriously. i hope that you will either be able to find a jub that will not make you so sad or that maybe your town will change the way they do things…i just hope that something will change…and i am truly sorry about your situation…

  • Dee Prado says:

    “The ways of society and how it treats its animals speaks to the core values and morals of its citizens.”

  • Dee Prado says:

    Everyone should write to as many as possible to ban the use of “gas chambers” to inhumanely euthenize innocent creatures large or small. Please help everyone. Please read “Voice4Dogs” website

  • elphaba says:

    Anonymous It sucks that your county still uses gas but until that changes which hopefully will be soon I’m glad the animals there have someone as compassionate as you to put them in there. Too many facilities that still use gas also employ AC officers who are just as cruel as the chambersswinging the animals in with catch poles never bothering to think or care about the feelings of the animals. Your circumstances are deplorable but that isn’t your fault and I’m glad the unwanted animals in your county have you to make their last few hours a little better.

  • Kris Shulfer says:

    Anonymous…your story of your life the life you live every day brought to such touching words that you kindly share with us to get off your chest you always are on here but you never have expressed yourself the way that you shared with us. I feel your pain in every word that you typed. I feel your heartache with every word I feel your compassion your love for the animals and I for one will not judge you. What you do for the animals before is what matters there was a special on HBO one time about this shelter that did not gas the dogs but before they would be euthanized this one lady would take them out for burgers and to the park before it was there time to go. That show made me cry as did your story. I am feeling so much pain for you right now as I am writing this to you and recall that just 2 days ago was hell day for you and just know that what you said was right too it is everyone’s responsibility to take part and do something about this inhumane practice and spay and neuter their pets. Thanks you for sharing your story your life and I love you just for that!!

  • thepangolin says:

    anonymous we dont fault you for having the difficult task of euthanizing animals. I myself have euthanized hundreds of them healthy ones too. But gassing is incredibly inhumane. I have heard it described as breathing hot fiberglass. PETA does work on getting shelters to implement humane methods of euthanasia. you would be a stronger voice since this is oyur job. please do your part in contacting your legislators.

  • UnderMySkinner says:

    “I Gas Dogs and Cats for a Living. I’m an Animal Control officer in a very small town in central North Carolina. I’m in my mid thirties and have been working for the town in different positions since high school. There is not much work here and working for the county provides good pay and benefits for a person like me without a higher education. I’m the person you all write about how horrible I am. I’m the one that gasses the dogs and cats and makes them suffer. I’m the one that pulls their dead corpses out smelling of Carbon Monoxide and throws them into green plastic bags. But I’m also the one that hates my job and hates what I have to do. First off all you people out there that judge me don’t. God is judging me and I know I’m going to heck. Yes I’m going to heck. I wont lie it’s despicable cold cruel and I feel like a serial killer. I’m not all to blame if the law would mandate spay and neuter lots of these dogs and cats wouldn’t be here for me to gas. I’m the devil I know it but I want you people to see that there is another side to me the devil Gas Chamber man. The shelter usually gasses on Friday morning. Friday’s are the day that most people look forward to this is the day that I hate and wish that time will stand still on Thursday night. Thursday night late after nobody’s around my friend and I go through a fast food line and buy 50 dollars worth of cheeseburgers and fries and chicken. I’m not allowed to feed the dogs on Thursday for I’m told that they will make a mess in the gas chamber and why waste the food. So Thursday night with the lights still closed I go into the saddest room that anyone can every imagine and let all the doomed dogs out out their cages. I have never been bit and in all my years doing this the dogs have never fought over the food. My buddy and I open each wrapper of cheeseburger and chicken sandwich and feed them to the skinny starving dogs. They swallow the food so fast that I don’t believe they even taste it. There tails are wagging and some don’t even go for the food they roll on their backs wanting a scratch on their bellys. They start running jumping and kissing me and my buddy. They go back to their food and come back to us. All their eyes are on us with such trust and hope and their tails wag so fast that I have come out with black and blues on my thighs. They devour the food then it’s time for them to devour some love and peace. My buddy and I sit down on the dirty pee stained concrete floor and we let the dogs jump on us. They lick us they put their butts in the air to play and they play with each other. Some lick each other but most are glued on me and my buddy. I look into the eyes of each dog. I give each dog a name. They will not die without a name. I give each dog 5 minutes of unconditional love and touch. I talk to them and tell them that I’m so sorry that tomorrow they will die a gruesome long torturous death at the hands of me in the gas chamber. Some tilt their heads to try to understand. I tell them that they will be in a better place and I beg them not to hate me. I tell them that I know I’m going to heck but they will all be playing with all the dogs and cats in heaven. After about 30 minutes I take each dog individually into their feces filled concrete jail cell and pet them and scratch them under their chins. Some give me their paw and I just want to die. I just want to die. I close the jail cell on each dog and ask them to forgive me. As my buddy and I are walking out we watch as every dog is smiling at us and them don’t even move their heads. They will sleep with a full belly and a false sense of security. As we walk out of the doomed dog room my buddy and I go to the cat room. We take our box and put the very friendly kittens and pregnant cats in our box. The shelter doesn’t keep tabs on the cats like they do the dogs. As I hand pick which cats are going to make it out I feel like I’m playing God deciding whose going to live and die. We take the cats into my truck and put them on blankets in the back. Usually as soon as we start to drive away there are purring cats sitting on our necks or rubbing against us. My buddy and I take our one way two hour trip to a county that is very wealthy and they use injection to kill animals. We go to exclusive neighborhoods and let one or two cats out at a time. They don’t want to run they want to stay with us. We shoo them away which makes me feel sad. I tell them that these rich people will adopt them and if worse comes to worse and they do get put down they will be put down with a painless needle being cradled by a loving veterinarian. After the last cat is free we drive back to our town. It’s about 5 in the morning now about two hours until I have to gas my best friends. I go home take a shower take my 4 antianxiety pills and drive to work.. I don’t eat I can’t eat. It’s now time to put these animals in the gas chamber. I put my ear plugs in and when I go to the collect the dogs the dogs are so excited to see me that they jump up to kiss me and think they are going to play. I put them in the rolling cage and take them to the gas chamber. They know. They just know. They can smell the death.. They can smell the fear. They start whimpering the second I put them in the box. The boss tells me to squeeze in as many as I can to save on gas. He watches. He knows I hate him he knows I hate my job. I do as I’m told. He watches until all the dogs and cats thrown in together are fighting and screaming. The sounds is very muffled to me because of my ear plugs. He walks out I turn the gas on and walk out. I walk out as fast as I can. I walk into the bathroom and I take a pin and draw blood from my hand. Why? The pain and blood takes my brain off of what I just did. In 40 minutes I have to go back and unload the dead animals. I pray that none survived which happens when I overstuff the chamber. I pull them out with thick gloves and the smell of carbon monoxide makes me sick. So does the vomit and blood and all the bowel movements. I pull them out put them in plastic bags. They are in heaven now I tell myself. I then start cleaning up the mess the mess that YOU PEOPLE are creating by not spay or neutering your animals. The mess that YOU PEOPLE are creating by not demanding that a vet come in and do this humanely. You ARE THE TAXPAYERS DEMAND that this practice STOP! So don’t call me the monster the devil the gasser call the politicians the shelter directors and the county people the devil. Heck call the governor tell him to make it stop. As usual I will take sleeping pills tonight to drown out the screams I heard in the past before I discovered the ear plugs. I will jump and twitch in my sleep and I believe I’m starting to hallucinate. This is my life. Don’t judge me. Believe me I judge myself enough.” This broke my heart I’m in tears as I type this. I’m not a religious person and I don’t believe we go anywhere after death but I like to think animals gets a pass to something better. My heart aches for you and I’m also so thankful that we use euthanasia where I pay taxes as a means to an end. I hope that doesn’t sound cruel or greedy as it’s only meant as a positive thing for the lives cut way too short. If I could I would take in every pet thrown away that comes into our local shelter as it is I’m such a frequent donator there that they know me by name and when to expect my visit but I can’t as my house is only so big. Both of my boys are rescues and when we go to take in another which is something we’ve been talking about for some time now he’ll also be rescue. We have to stop turning our backs we have to stop not caring. We want this to stop then we have to stop it ourselves like this young man said. It seems I’m a bit older than him with being almost forty and I couldn’t fathom what he must go through. What we’re putting him through by not being responsible pet owners this country should be ashame of itself. If it were humans we’d want someone’s head on a platter oh yea we’ve been there and done that yet let it be dogs and cats and who cares. Unfing believable I need to go hug my dogs.

  • Alexis says:

    To the animal control officer I doubt that people hate you! You’re doing a job and it’s not your fault that people are irresponsible and allow their pets to breed indiscriminately. You’re not being intentionally cruel to these animals the fact that you’re trying to bring happiness to them at the end of their lives is very commendable. I think you’re being to hard on yourself. People need to take responsibility for their animal companions and spayneuter them. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I can’t imagine what your job must be like. It sounds like a living Hell. Gd bless you for caring about these angels. It’s wonderful to see that you care.

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter for Animals says:

    Anonymous My dear God. I for once am speechless. I can’t find the words. If it was not for you these pups and kittys would never of had any love or affection what so ever You and your friend give them goodies. You pet them and you show them love. They will die remembering that love that you showed them. Instead of you some cruel freak could have your job and make the last minutes on earth a living hell for these babies. Please do not doubt that there is goodness in you. You have plenty. I love you Judith

  • rojo says:

    anon certainly an evocative piece that has been published on many sites. The only glitch is carbon monoxide is odourless to humans. Don’t get me started on releasing cats to the streets. Wrong for so many reasons.

  • kelly says:

    Did anyone see the article that mentioned who delivered the food to this puppy mill? IAMS!! Yes an Iams truck went in there regularly and guess whose truck driver never reported these horrors. Iams suppliers to Puppy Mills near you!!

  • Tamara says:

    Excuse me… Is no one concerned about THE PARROTS??? Is there any info on what happened to them? Guess that’s tomorrow’s research project… Being in Arizona I hope they get to the Gabriel Foundation in Denver… As for that socalled sheriff yeah…I think 800 dogs and 80 parrots is just a little “overwhelming”. There are no words for that….. can we say bastard ? If not please just delete that but please post the rest…

  • Tamara says:

    anonymous It’s not you that we judge. Its the idiots that get the dogs and cats in that situation in the first place. Your post made me cry. I found a very high kill shelter near me on Petfinder one day. They kill in 5 days. Period. well on the 6th day the dog can be adopted rescued or killed. Yes I am not being mean to you. But the dogs and cats are killed. It’s not you that put them there. Anyway I blogged about it on my MySpace. I had blogged and said I didn’t have any energy left to try and help these animals get at least more of a chance at a loving home. This shelter had a TOTAL of 8 animals. How is that “overcrowding”?? One of my animal resuce MS friends answered and told me that we can’t save them all. “Just think of it as they are being adopted by Jesus.” I told her Jesus didn’t need so many cats and dogs…

  • Me says:

    Anonymous Please send your story to every news paper you can everyone needs to read it. It’s heartbreaking and it’s time people understood what is going on.

  • Cynthia Long says:

    Don’t buy while others dieAdopt a dog or cat from your animal shelter animal rescue groups instead. I hope that the pressanimal welfare groups will keep the public aware of this case.I agree that they should not have any animals for life. To the NC Animal control officer from what readI would do the same thing that you are doingbeing compassionate and humane under the circumstances.

  • Maya, C.V.T. says:

    I’m glad PETA discusses backyard breeding but this time we’re unfortunately confusing two issues. The tags below say “breeders” AND “hoarders”. Yes the two can be mixed sometimes but it’s important to understand hoarding. Some hoarders ARE well intentioned but mentally ill. Some elderly folks will take in stray cats they may not have the money or presence of mind to get the cats fixed. They live in filth right along with the stray cats and they keep “rescuing” strays which end up in an ugly situation because the hoarder cannot even care for themselves much less dozens of cats. THIS story confuses the issue if they were running a puppy mill and selling animals they should not be confused with hoarders who keep all of their pets and don’t necessarily want them to reproduce. Of COURSE hoarders should have their animals be taken away if they can’t care for them but they should not be condemend like breeders are!

  • Brandon Becker says:

    There is no such thing as ethical breeding. For each animal that is bought from a breeder another at a shelter is condemned to death. If we want nokill we must work towards nobirth. There is no excuse for breeding it must be abolished.

  • anonymous says:

    I Gas Dogs and Cats for a Living. I’m an Animal Control officer in a very small town in central North Carolina. I’m in my mid thirties and have been working for the town in different positions since high school. There is not much work here and working for the county provides good pay and benefits for a person like me without a higher education. I’m the person you all write about how horrible I am. I’m the one that gasses the dogs and cats and makes them suffer. I’m the one that pulls their dead corpses out smelling of Carbon Monoxide and throws them into green plastic bags. But I’m also the one that hates my job and hates what I have to do. First off all you people out there that judge me don’t. God is judging me and I know I’m going to heck. Yes I’m going to heck. I wont lie it’s despicable cold cruel and I feel like a serial killer. I’m not all to blame if the law would mandate spay and neuter lots of these dogs and cats wouldn’t be here for me to gas. I’m the devil I know it but I want you people to see that there is another side to me the devil Gas Chamber man. The shelter usually gasses on Friday morning. Friday’s are the day that most people look forward to this is the day that I hate and wish that time will stand still on Thursday night. Thursday night late after nobody’s around my friend and I go through a fast food line and buy 50 dollars worth of cheeseburgers and fries and chicken. I’m not allowed to feed the dogs on Thursday for I’m told that they will make a mess in the gas chamber and why waste the food. So Thursday night with the lights still closed I go into the saddest room that anyone can every imagine and let all the doomed dogs out out their cages. I have never been bit and in all my years doing this the dogs have never fought over the food. My buddy and I open each wrapper of cheeseburger and chicken sandwich and feed them to the skinny starving dogs. They swallow the food so fast that I don’t believe they even taste it. There tails are wagging and some don’t even go for the food they roll on their backs wanting a scratch on their bellys. They start running jumping and kissing me and my buddy. They go back to their food and come back to us. All their eyes are on us with such trust and hope and their tails wag so fast that I have come out with black and blues on my thighs. They devour the food then it’s time for them to devour some love and peace. My buddy and I sit down on the dirty pee stained concrete floor and we let the dogs jump on us. They lick us they put their butts in the air to play and they play with each other. Some lick each other but most are glued on me and my buddy. I look into the eyes of each dog. I give each dog a name. They will not die without a name. I give each dog 5 minutes of unconditional love and touch. I talk to them and tell them that I’m so sorry that tomorrow they will die a gruesome long torturous death at the hands of me in the gas chamber. Some tilt their heads to try to understand. I tell them that they will be in a better place and I beg them not to hate me. I tell them that I know I’m going to heck but they will all be playing with all the dogs and cats in heaven. After about 30 minutes I take each dog individually into their feces filled concrete jail cell and pet them and scratch them under their chins. Some give me their paw and I just want to die. I just want to die. I close the jail cell on each dog and ask them to forgive me. As my buddy and I are walking out we watch as every dog is smiling at us and them don’t even move their heads. They will sleep with a full belly and a false sense of security. As we walk out of the doomed dog room my buddy and I go to the cat room. We take our box and put the very friendly kittens and pregnant cats in our box. The shelter doesn’t keep tabs on the cats like they do the dogs. As I hand pick which cats are going to make it out I feel like I’m playing God deciding whose going to live and die. We take the cats into my truck and put them on blankets in the back. Usually as soon as we start to drive away there are purring cats sitting on our necks or rubbing against us. My buddy and I take our one way two hour trip to a county that is very wealthy and they use injection to kill animals. We go to exclusive neighborhoods and let one or two cats out at a time. They don’t want to run they want to stay with us. We shoo them away which makes me feel sad. I tell them that these rich people will adopt them and if worse comes to worse and they do get put down they will be put down with a painless needle being cradled by a loving veterinarian. After the last cat is free we drive back to our town. It’s about 5 in the morning now about two hours until I have to gas my best friends. I go home take a shower take my 4 antianxiety pills and drive to work.. I don’t eat I can’t eat. It’s now time to put these animals in the gas chamber. I put my ear plugs in and when I go to the collect the dogs the dogs are so excited to see me that they jump up to kiss me and think they are going to play. I put them in the rolling cage and take them to the gas chamber. They know. They just know. They can smell the death.. They can smell the fear. They start whimpering the second I put them in the box. The boss tells me to squeeze in as many as I can to save on gas. He watches. He knows I hate him he knows I hate my job. I do as I’m told. He watches until all the dogs and cats thrown in together are fighting and screaming. The sounds is very muffled to me because of my ear plugs. He walks out I turn the gas on and walk out. I walk out as fast as I can. I walk into the bathroom and I take a pin and draw blood from my hand. Why? The pain and blood takes my brain off of what I just did. In 40 minutes I have to go back and unload the dead animals. I pray that none survived which happens when I overstuff the chamber. I pull them out with thick gloves and the smell of carbon monoxide makes me sick. So does the vomit and blood and all the bowel movements. I pull them out put them in plastic bags. They are in heaven now I tell myself. I then start cleaning up the mess the mess that YOU PEOPLE are creating by not spay or neutering your animals. The mess that YOU PEOPLE are creating by not demanding that a vet come in and do this humanely. You ARE THE TAXPAYERS DEMAND that this practice STOP! So don’t call me the monster the devil the gasser call the politicians the shelter directors and the county people the devil. Heck call the governor tell him to make it stop. As usual I will take sleeping pills tonight to drown out the screams I heard in the past before I discovered the ear plugs. I will jump and twitch in my sleep and I believe I’m starting to hallucinate. This is my life. Don’t judge me. Believe me I judge myself enough.

  • laura says:

    i live in AZ and when i heard the guy say that about the “good people” i almost threw up what an idiot. i hope they get the book thrown at them.

  • kelly says:

    And by the way here’s another “Slow Kill NoKill” busted! httpwww.philly.comphillywiresapnewsstatepennsylvania20080314apraidofpanokillshelterfinds700catsmanyofthemdying.html I think Mr. ProTorture Nathan Winograd should be sent in there to personally clean up and witness the dying animals.

  • kelly says:

    That sheriff who made excuses for them and called then “good people” is just another example of a CORRUPT AUTHORITY covering for criminals. These puppy mill criminals seek out areas where local authorities will look the other way and let them abuse and thieve. And some of these authorities are involved in animal abuse themselves livestock farmers dog fighters dog breeders hunters so they TOLERATE ANIMAL CRUELTY. And there had been complaints about this puppy mill for years! and that sheriff did nothing.

  • Carla says:

    Shame on these people! Enoughs enough literaly!! The pet population is sky rocketing and we still have these insensitive people breeding animals! Don’t tell me these dogs are heathly. People end up paying 3 times the amount in which they bought them for in vet bills or more. Stress from over breeding the mothers and for being confined to a crate your whole life makes for unhappy dogs and sick puppies.

  • joanna says:

    Also be wary of pet web sites that have single dogs listed for minimal cost…to find them new homes. Posters have been scamming by responding to inquires by saying the posted dog is no longer available but the person can get a similar dog from another person….when you go to the next person you are now dealing with a puppy miller and paying them money to breed and torture dogs. Be very careful with anybody on the net and any dog even a ‘rescue’. Some posters do not have any dog…they will claim to be sending the dog and want to paid in advance. Reputable rescue groups will require face to face meetings home inspections and interviews before placing any dog.

  • Melissa says:

    An interesting point in the news story I watched on television was when the Sheriff said “They’re good people. It just got to be overwhelming for them.” These people are not good and should be punished for cruelty. Please don’t buy from any breeder there are millions of beautiful adoptable animals in shelters across our wonderful country!

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter for Animals says:

    My grandson saw this on line last night and called to us. We were in shock when we saw all of the pictures. It was just the worst. Their home is a double wide trailer. 800 dogs in a double wide. Un fing believable. These horders need a little prison time. My God 800 pups in a double wide. I am still in shock at what these terrible people have done. Does anything good ever happen anymore? Peace!

  • kelly says:

    I read the news stories. These people were hiding behind a website for a dozen years and selling and shipping puppies. I hope this will be an eye opener as to how these puppy mill people are operating. Some sell to pet stores but some are using websites to hide behind. Please everyone spread the word. Tell people to stay away from these website and internet dog sales!! And the classifieds and the pet stores. This is what keeps these puppy mills running.