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Puppies in the Snow

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Puppies clamor for attention and beg to be released from wire mesh cages out in the cold.

       Pretty Penny Kennels, Plymouth, WI, February 2008 — These pups stand by the door of their wire mesh cage in the hopes that they will be taken out and given some attention. As in the previous photo, that is, indeed, snow you see on the ground under the wire of the cage. In the dead of a cold Wisconsin winter, these puppies are living OUTSIDE.

       Pretty Penny Kennels is described in detail in A Visit To A Wisconsin "Puppy Farm" and in WTMJ's report and video, "Inside a Puppy Farm". These were both written in 1999 -- but, as you can see, nothing has changed in nearly a decade at Pretty Penny Kennels.

       In the 1999 WTMJ interview, Mike Jacobs asked kennel owner Gerald Schulz if he wasn't concerned that some of the puppies might die in the cold. Mr. Schulz's response: ""I could lose 'em all tomorrow from a disease or something too. It's a rough business trying to keep 'em all alive."

     UPDATE: In 2011, Pretty Penny Kennels applied for and was granted a "temporary license" under WI Act 90. However, Mr. Schulz declined to upgrade his facilities to comply with the new regulations, so was denied a permanent license.

     Under the law, Mr. Schulz may still sell fewer than 25 dogs a year, from three litters. If you have reason to suspect that he is selling more dogs, or are concerned about the conditions in which his remaining dogs are being kept, please see our Filing a Complaint page for details on how to contact DATCP with your concerns!

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