It's 3 a.m., and the only other place she'd rather be is in bed. Instead, Carmen Goldade sits in her steam-soaked bathroom, cooing get-well words to the sick dog cradled in her arms.
Her kitchen counter resembles a pharmacy. Drops for his urine-burned eyes. Antibiotics for an upper respiratory infection. Pills for intestinal parasites.
Tyson, the toy Shih Tzu with a bad cold, was among nearly 100 dogs seized from an Ellis County breeder last fall.
Such places that breed and sell dogs in large quantities are called puppy mills. To maximize profit, some breeders refuse to spend money on health screenings, adequate shelter or food. As a result, many of their dogs go to market with weak immune systems or behavioral problems.
The amazing thing about this story is that the state still couldn't file criminal charges against this particular puppy mill operation so they will probably end up with more dogs in their care. Puppy mills are terrible businesses. Who knows how many dogs live in harsh conditions every day. Thank goodness for the kind people who will foster dogs rescued from these bad places.