Puppy Mill Teeth Pictures
(WARNING: The following pictures are graphic.)

The following are pictures that I took with my digital camera of the teeth of Bichons that all came from commercial kennels in Misourri. These pictures are typical and not unusual. I hearby swear and promise that no pictures have been "doctored" or falsified in any manner whatsoever. All rescued kennel dogs receive dental cleaning and if need be, extractions. We have never rescued a Puppy Mill Dog that didn't need it's teeth cleaned before it could be placed in a home.

This is the mouth of a four year old Bichon Frise.

This is the mouth of a 5 year old Bichon Frise. During the dental exam his mouth started to bleed. His teeth were starting to come loose, and there was a raw nerve exposed.

This is the mouth of a seven year old female Bichon.

These are 15 rotten or diseased teeth that were pulled from
the dog's mouth pictured directly above.

These are the teeth of a recently purchased Commercial Kennel Auction Bichon.

These are the teeth of one of our recent commercial kennel rescues. The blue line points to an oral tumor in front of one of his canines, which is being removed and biopsied. The green lines point to broken teeth.:(

The following petition was sent to the USDA asking them to study the practice of using rodent water bottles in the Commercial Kennels

We, the undersigned, respectfully request the United States Department of Agriculture study the long-term effect of the use of 'lick-it' type waterers that are used in commercial dog kennels in America.

These small watering devices were designed for rodents, such as gerbils, and yet they are used in commercial kennels throughout the country.

In our opinion, the use of these waterers in kennels pose many health threats to the animals, as well as the people who handle the animals.

We theorize that these waterers rob the dogs of a fresh and adequate supply of water and are a violation of the Animal Welfare Act.

We also theorize that the lack of readily available supplies of clean, fresh water, inhibits the dog's ability to keep its mouth clean and free of bacteria. Since the dog can not 'rinse' its mouth, bacteria is allowed to multiply at an incredible rate of speed. As the bacteria multiplies, other organs also become infected. As kennel owners repeatedly treat eye and ear infections with antibiotics, the bacteria becomes more resistant. This eventually becomes a public health risk.

We respectfully ask that the Department of Agriculture look into this potentially dangerous situation. We ask that experts in the field of veterinary and dental health be consulted and that culture and sensitivity reports be taken on random swabs obtained from commercial breeding stock.

If our theories prove correct, we ask that USDA require all lick-it type waterers be removed from primary housing units of commercial kennels. This would require no change in the AWA, as the AWA already provides the animals the right to adequate amounts of fresh water.