For years, all they had were shots of the notorious puppy mill from the air.
But on April 27th, they got their break.
“We knew that Debra Pratt was downsizing,” said Kris Bell of Ames.
“She had a lot of dogs, and that this was going to be the main auction,” Bell said.
Bell and other animal welfare advocates showed up to buy…and to witness.
“We had free reign,” she said.
“We could walk through every building, walk all over her property and see everything,” Bell said.
The cramped, filthy conditions, the sick animals—and the smell…
“The stench was so bad I think some people even went out and threw up,” she said.
Remembering that day, it’s hard to believe this one.
Petunia was one of seven dogs purchased at that auction by Bell and others.
The bulldogs at Pratt’s had horrible skin, eye and ear infections…Petunia could barely stand.