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Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mills

By Carol Bradley

A compelling real tale of 1 dog's rescue from a Pennsylvania dog mill

This touching narrative makes use of the poignant makeover of Gracie, a sickly Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, to inform the tale of America's hidden dog mills-commercial kennels that breed canines in bad dwelling stipulations and churn out often-diseased and emotionally broken pups for sale.

Saving Gracie chronicles how one little puppy is reworked from a bedraggled animal tired from bearing doggies right into a loving, fit member of her new family members; and the way her proprietor, Linda Jackson, is modified from someone who slightly tolerated canine to a girl passionately decided not just to avoid wasting Gracie's lifestyles, but additionally to get the be aware out concerning the thousands of yankee dog mill canine who desire our help.

  • A touching tale of survival and redemption
  • Written by way of award-winning journalist Carol Bradley
  • Newsworthy matters name animal enthusiasts to action

Join journalist Carol Bradley as she attracts again the curtain at the global of unlawful dog construction in Saving Gracie.

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