Meet Max the Boxer, our
unofficial Thorp Dog Auction "Poster Pup!" You may have seen Max on
WTMJ's recent in-depth report on puppy mills in Wisconsin. About 9 months old
at the time of the Thorp Dog Auction, Max is sweet-tempered and loving, and
just look at those soulful eyes.
Those beautiful eyes also show
a condition called "Ventral Lid Bilateral Entropian," which means
that his eyelids turn in toward the eyeball so that his lashes scratch his
corneas. It is correctible by very expensive surgery (an estimated $275 - $350
per eye). For more information on this condition, please see the
Animal Eye Care website
Max the Boxer also suffers
from a disease called Canine Brucellosis, a "canine STD." One effect
in male dogs is sterility; in female dogs, it causes miscarriages.
Since animals who cannot
"produce" are of no use to commercial breeders, they will be
discarded -- possibly through sale to an unsuspecting family looking for a pet
-- with the "breeder" still unaware that the dogs are infected.
Brucellosis is a
"zoonotic disease," meaning, humans can catch it. Because of this,
and because a cure in male dogs is very rare, the State of Wisconsin
recommended that Max be put to sleep.
We are adamant that Max will
not have lived and died in vain. Brucellosis didn't start and end with him; it
came from the mills, and we will not give up until Wisconsin has strong and
concise laws to protect the health of pets and their human companions.
For more about canine
brucellosis, please click here.
Please note: Max was sold at auction
by Ella Mae Brubaker, who has a kennel in Thorp, WI. She bought him at age 8
weeks from Edward Zimmerman. Recently, a SECOND dog purchased from Ms. Brubaker
at the Thorp Auction tested positive for Brucellosis. If you have obtained a
dog from either of these people within the past year, PLEASE get that dog to a
vet and have him/her tested ASAP!
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