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January 28, 2013

Talk Back: A Tribute To Billy

Billy

I received an outpouring of responses upon announcing the untimely passing of Billy, the little Chihuahua rescued from a North Carolina puppy mill and adopted by Animal Rescue Team leader Adam Parascandola. The video showing a playful Billy with Adam became an Internet sensation.

I am posting just a few of your comments today in response to the news. I hope that the vast majority of you, in addition to expressing your rightful sorrow about Billy’s demise, will also use the memory of this troubled little dog to motivate your involvement in ongoing legislative and public awareness campaigns to crack down on puppy mills and establish humane breeding standards. We expect anti-puppy mill bills in more than a dozen states this year, including North Carolina, where The HSUS has conducted more than a dozen raids on mills in recent years. Lawmakers should realize that this sort of cruelty can be prevented with the adoption of humane breeding standards.

By the time many dogs are rescued from a mill, they are suffering from ailments as severe as Billy's, or worse. Often, it's almost too late by the time we find them. Please check out our Stop Puppy Mills page for ways you can help.

Thank God this dear little dog at least had some time in his life where he received humane treatment and lots of love and affection. I think your humane rescuers are great people and it makes me think that there are some good people left in this world. - Judy Pizarro
Wayne, sorry to hear about Billy, but I am glad he was rescued and had a happy life until his unexpected death. You have my sympathy at his passing. May Billy rest in peace knowing he was free. - Cynthia Brown
Please end the suffering of those that cannot help themselves! These animals deserve laws that will protect them. - Lynn Stowers
Billy was happy in the end and we are so grateful to you! May God bless you for all you do and may He keep Billy safe and free from pain and suffering. Puppy mills suck! Please adopt from shelters! This just broke my heart. - Elba
I'm so sad...for a little guy I didn't know personally. The video of him being rescued made me cry, and I can't stop crying now. I am glad he had the love of a family, and didn't succumb in that rusty cage. I hope Billy is now free to live his true life in eternity. - Felicia
Rest in peace you beautiful little guy, Billy. I am so sorry you suffered so much but am thankful you did get some much deserved love from Adam. May you rest in peace little Billy. - Ruth Loutchan
I am so, so saddened to read this blog about Billy's passing. - Luvcats5CT
Sorry to hear of your loss. At least he went with a happy heart and a smile! - Mary Reid
I hope whoever did this to Billy lives out the rest of their life in a cage... jail is the only place for them. - Diane
So sorry for your loss! Billy was so adorable and I'm happy that you and your family rescued him and he was able to be so loved for his last few months. I also hope you can rescue another fur baby soon... God Bless. - Mary
Wayne, sorry to hear about Billy, but I am glad he was rescued and had a happy life until his unexpected death. You have my sympathy at his passing. May Billy rest in peace knowing he was free. - Cynthia Brown
Oh Lord, have mercy on us. Rest in peace, Billy. - Lilia Cruz
I've posted this on Facebook. Too many innocent loving creatures suffer like this, without hope of rescue. Keep up the good work! - Rebecca
OMG this made me cry! How sad that Billy passed, but at least he's not in pain anymore and had a great family that cared for him in the end. - Blake

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