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So Paula Owen over at the Telegram and Gazette has been pursuing this story for the last year or so about a puppy mill run out of Webster by a woman named Jennifer Gardner. The place was called Elite Puppies, and it had a tendency of selling people dogs who died shortly after the transaction. She also had a history of not repaying them. You can read more about that here and here. Or just Google, “Jennifer Gardner elite puppies” and watch what comes up.
I’m not gonna lie, I really didn’t know anything about where dogs came from before today but I learned a lot. Let me rephrase that. Yes, I know dogs have sex with one another, but the way you go about purchasing a dog was foreign to Turtleboy. We always had a dog growing up, but I never once thought to ask where it came from. One day Dad just came home with a dog which we would grow to love and that’s just the way things were.
But these “puppy mills” are frowned upon, and in many cases illegal. The dogs are kept in terrible conditions and are delivered there by a van or a truck from somewhere across the country. Turns out these really awful people breed dogs, rip the pups away from the mother, and then put them inside a cage and onto a truck where they are delivered on cross country journeys to a place like Elite Puppies. Because of this these puppies often end up sick and traumatized, and cause their unsuspecting new owners a lot of problems they weren’t prepared for.
Anyway, Elite Puppies has been shut down for a few months now and Jennifer Gardner has been sued in court by several families whose dogs died shortly after purchasing them. She skipped TONS of court appearances before finally showing up one day and she was confronted by Ms. Owen from the Telegram and Gazette:
But as long as Elite Puppies is gone, it should be problem solved.
Well a bunch of people have been messaging us to check out this place called Laughlin Kennel. It’s in Oxford, near the borders with Dudley and Webster – a hotbed of culture, mystery, and intrigue.
According to them Jennifer Gardner now works at this place, which they allege is another puppy mill. And according to this 2009 article from the Telegram, it appears as if Elite Puppies and Laughlin Kennel got their dogs from the same breeder. We know the driver of the delivery van was arrested in 2009 after the van was found to have DEPLORABLE conditions for the puppies inside. Here’s an excerpt that shows the link between Elite and Laughlin:
Anyway, the people who have been filling us in about this are really into dogs. They’re disgusted with the way these animals are treated, as well as the people who purchase them unknowingly. They sent us this video of the inside that’s pretty disturbing:
So we wanted to check it out for ourselves. First we messaged Laughlin Kennel on Facebook and asked them if they employed Jennifer Gardner. They had no comment. But our sources insist that the former disgraced puppy mill entrepreneur did, and that when we got to Laughlin Kennel, we would see her black Mercedes there. And what do ya know?
It’s a bright yellow house in a quiet neighborhood on Larned Rd.
On the other side of that rapey looking fence is where the dogs are held. And all these freaking dogs do is bark. We were there for about 15 minutes, and during that time there would be periods of 10-15 seconds of silence. Then one of the dogs would bark and they’d all lose their Goddamn minds:
Yup, those dogs sound like they’re having a good ol’ time. How would you like living next to them? Must get some great sleep at night. According to our sources no one actually lives there and it’s strictly a commercial property. And to give you some perspective we parked about a quarter of a mile away down the road and you could still hear them loud and clear barking their poor little faces off:
Those poor little pups. They didn’t ask to be brought into this world. They were literally bred so that people like this could take them, stick them in their outdoor puppy warehouse, profit off of them, and then the customers share stories like this:
If it was one or two people who were dissatisfied it would be one thing. But their Yelp page is loaded with reviews like that. I’m wondering where the Oxford PD fits into this. How is it not illegal to have dogs making this much noise 24/7? Is this even a legal business? Like I said, we’re new to this industry so we’d love to learn more.
But our sources are diligent. They’ve been getting their protest on outside of the property as much as possible, urging people not to buy dogs from Jennifer Gardner and company. They used to protest Jennifer’s Elite Puppies, and Jenny had some fun with the pictures on her Facebook machine:
Our sources also sent us this picture of a van they say is a typical out of state delivery van, bringing them a fresh batch of unregulated puppies:
Like I said, we’re gonna delve more into this story now that Turtleboy is on the case. But we just wanted to share with you what we’ve got now, mainly so you can help educate Turtleboy a little more on this. I know a lot of turtle riders are dog people. Share your knowledge with us and help us shed some light on this deplorable situation.
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