"This was an unwanted product of backyard puppy-mill breeders. They were going to kill him because he just didn't look right. This photo taken 2 days after we nursed him back to health," Jean Clark wrote on DogHeirs. "To rescue this one, we had to travel 300 miles, very fast & after begging to save him, giving them bribery money & threatening them, they took the money & waved a knife at us. He was 5 weeks old. What had he done wrong was to be born into this situation. Happy to report, although the authorities were not able to charge the folks who were killing his siblings (& he was next), they were able to trace him back to wherever he was born & shut down that puppy-mill. PS he's now a happy oversized miniature poodle or spoodle & he's loving the life he now has with his smaller older brother."
Jean and her husband began rescuing dogs in 1985. They have rescued 19 dogs, 17 of them completely on their own off the streets and from "horrid circumstances and much abuse." Jean rescues strays from deplorable locations in, and around, Ontario, Canada. Now semi-retired, Jean can only offer to help one traumatized dog at a time. She also trains dogs in obedience (as well as their owners, she adds). She would like to start her own non-profit, but for now she does what she can on her own and volunteers for Standard Poodle Rescue in Ontario (an organization she says that saves all breeds of dogs).
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