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December 06, 2012

Internet Star Turn for Billy, Rescued Puppy Mill Chihuahua

With increasing frequency, the amazing work of the Humane Society of the United States videographers goes viral, and today it is a video about Billy, a rescued puppy mill dog from North Carolina adopted by Adam Parascandola, the director of animal cruelty investigations. The video is at nearly 200,000 views and counting on our HSUS YouTube channel, and has been featured on websites such as CNN.com, Jezebel and Jane Velez-Mitchell.

In many respects, Billy’s story is not so unique – The HSUS Billy2estimates that upwards of 2 million puppies are sold from puppy mills every year. But it is unique to have one dog’s plight tell the story of puppy mills so poignantly and compellingly to the American public. 

We are working hard to turn around the problem of puppy mills in our nation. These mills are inhumane to dogs, subvert adoption efforts by shelters and rescues, and cause hardship and grief for animal owners, who often buy dogs at exorbitant prices who are ill or saddled with genetic or hereditary problems. 

I could speak about what this video means to me, but watch it yourself, and see Billy’s inspiring story of resilience.

Be sure to catch a live stream event with Adam and Billy at 1 p.m. EST, Friday December 7, here.

P.S. Have a question for Adam, or want a reminder to tune in? Text BILLYCAM to 30644

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