Lil𝚢’s L𝚊stin𝚐 Im𝚙𝚊ct: Th𝚎𝚛𝚎s𝚊 St𝚛𝚊𝚍𝚎𝚛’s A𝚍v𝚘c𝚊c𝚢 Sh𝚎𝚍s Li𝚐ht 𝚘n th𝚎 C𝚛𝚞𝚎l R𝚎𝚊liti𝚎s 𝚘𝚏 P𝚞𝚙𝚙𝚢 Mills
Theresa Strader founded the National Mill Dog Rescue in 2007 after the plight of her Italian Greyhound, Lily, highlighted the immense suffering in puppy mills. Lily’s initial seven years were spent as a breeding dog, confined to a small, cold wire cage in a barn, devoid of exercise or social interaction. Her existence revolved solely around producing litter after litter.
Lily’s life was a testament to the abuse rampant in commercial breeding. Neglected veterinary care led to severe dental issues and mammary tumors, a consequence of years spent in deplorable conditions. Her rescue marked a turning point.
Despite the neglect she endured, the Strader family showered Lily with love and necessary medical attention. Lily’s passing, in May 2008, surrounded by affectionate arms, prompted Theresa to address the root cause of such suffering.
In an impassioned letter to a breeder named Martha, Theresa articulated the anguish witnessed on Martha’s property, condemning the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills. The letter, while directed at Martha, aimed to resonate with anyone involved in similar practices.