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Oprah’s puppy-mill episode to air again

Sara Thompson

On an episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that aired April 4, Lisa Ling investigated puppy mills. The episode is airing again at 4 p.m. today on ABC, and according to Oprah.com, it was the most-talked-about episode of the year.

Puppy mills mass-produce dogs in a factorylike environment. Puppy mills aren’t illegal, but animal advocates contend they are physically and emotionally damaging to animals, which cause their owners heartache and expense when the pets develop serious medical problems. The Humane Society of the United States contends that all puppy mills should be shut down.

Dawn Armstrong, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Humane Society, is encouraging everyone to watch the show to become better educated about puppy mills.

The Lake Tahoe Humane Society and SPCA have obtained a copy of the program so that anyone who is interested can watch it for free.

The government also is taking action against puppy mills. The Farm Bill was just passed by Congress, which overrode a presidential veto. The law bans importing puppies from foreign puppy mills for commercial sale in the United States.