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Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:10am EDT

Animal Planet Exposes Horrific Billion Dollar Industry in New Special PUPPY

- Special Presentation of ANIMAL COPS: PHILADELPHIA Takes Viewers Inside Puppy
Mills in Pennsylvania and Beyond- 

SILVER SPRING, Md., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Boney legs poke out from between
harsh metal wires. Food and water dishes remain empty for days.  Ailments go
untreated as puppies bide their time among the dying and the dead. These are
the squalid conditions of puppy mills, where it's estimated more than two
million dogs are mass-produced for profit each year. Hundreds of these animals
never survive, and the ones who do are permanently scarred, emotionally and
physically. No matter how inhumane, over 10,000 puppy mills continue to do
business across the country -- many of them legally -- as neglect runs rampant
and countless lives are ruined. While respectable breeders cherish their
animals by providing safe, clean environments; plenty of food and water; and
space for exercise and socialization, puppy mills are run for profit alone,
without considering the quality of life of the animals that are born within
their confines. 

Starting in Pennsylvania, a state which some organizations have dubbed "the
puppy mill capital of the east," Animal Planet follows the committed law
enforcement officers of the Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA) to take viewers inside
the world of puppy mills in PUPPY MILLS: EXPOSED. Premiering Monday, April 27,
at 10 PM (ET/PT), this special episode of ANIMAL COPS: PHILADELPHIA utilizes
photographic and video evidence and the firsthand accounts of investigators
and employees who brought down some of the largest puppy mill operations in
the country. PUPPY MILLS: EXPOSED illuminates the horrifying conditions of
puppy mills while forcing viewers to ask how this inexcusable business
continues to flourish on American soil. 

In Pennsylvania, PUPPY MILLS: EXPOSED explores the case of Limestone Kennels
-- one of the highest profile puppy mill cases the state has ever seen. On
July 17, 2008, just outside of Philadelphia in Chester County, investigators
rescued more than 80 dogs from Limestone and brought owner John Blank to
justice. Unfortunately, victory was bittersweet because what the officers saw
inside the puppy mill was astonishing -- multiple dogs packed into cramped
cages, food dishes contaminated with feces and animals with multiple birth
defects, including dogs with missing eyes. The worst part was the kennel had
passed inspections on multiple occasions, calling into question the
enforcement of state laws surrounding the welfare of animals in Pennsylvania.
Humane Law Enforcement Officer Ashley Mutch followed the lead that led to the
warrant and raid of Limestone Kennels. 

 "We rescued all of the dogs from the appalling environment and conditions
they were subjected to, which was the most important thing," say Mutch. "But
for the dogs that came before them, we were too late. Whether they survived or
not, all of those dogs were victims of a puppy mill and will be forever

"Puppy mills are a blemish on a country that loves and respects its dogs,"
says Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet. "PUPPY
MILLS: EXPOSED tells the truth about these operations -- no matter how
disturbing -- in order to incite emotions and action in everyone who watches."

Traveling across the country, PUPPY MILLS: EXPOSED explores similar stories as
they unfold in Tennessee and Florida.  With the help of a puppy mill employee,
who was disgusted by what she saw at work, the authorities in Hickman County,
Tennessee, closed Pine Bluff Kennels.  The animals were tortured with
starvation, kept in disgusting cages covered in inches of feces and left to
survive among the corpses of dead puppies. The adult dogs did not fare much
better: after being used for breeding, they were no longer considered valuable
and were allegedly shot.  

Later, viewers travel to Miami where the other side of this horrific reality
is exposed.  Viewers meet a woman who bought her puppy, Nugget, from a pet
store. Shortly thereafter, Nugget became sick. Like most people, the owner had
no idea that virtually all pet store puppies come from large commercial
breeding facilities -- many of which can be considered puppy mills. The
conditions of these facilities would be truly shocking to pet owners, but
unfortunately they buy their pets, unaware of their origins.  

ANIMAL COPS: PHILADELPHIA is a Granada Anglia production. For Granada Anglia,
Marie Thomas is executive producer. Dawn Sinsel is the executive producer for
Animal Planet.  

Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery
Communications, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers
in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via
multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a
centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging,
high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment.  APM consists of the
Animal Planet television network, available in more than 95 million homes in
the US; online assets, the ultimate online destination
for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond;, the #1 pet-related Web property globally that facilitates pet
adoption; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD)
service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.

The Pennsylvania SPCA is dedicated to rescuing animals from abuse and neglect,
providing lifesaving care and treatment, guaranteeing a home for every
adoptable animal, and reducing pet-overpopulation through low-cost
spay-and-neuter clinics and public awareness initiatives. Through these
efforts, we prevent cruelty towards animals and promote respect for their
welfare, thus enhancing the lives of people and their companion animals
throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PSPCA has
satellite shelters in Wellsboro, Centre Hall, Danville, and Montrose. The
Philadelphia branch houses a full-service animal hospital, obedience training
academy, adoption facility and the PSPCA Law Enforcement Department, which is
responsible for enforcing Philadelphia and Pennsylvania animal cruelty laws.
For more information, call 215-426-6300 or visit 

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