Puppy Haven Mill Owner Speaks Out
MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Humane Society has a new group of puppies available for adoption.
They were rescued from a puppy mill in Kingston in Green Lake County.
The Humane Society worked feverishly to get more puppy mill dogs cleaned up and ready for adoption.
Monday, TODAY’S TMJ4’s Mick Trevey went to the Puppy Haven mill…with a few questions for the owner about the poor condition of the animals.
The dogs at Puppy Haven live in small pens outside, and even smaller pens inside. Seeing people makes some of them cower. They shake. Some have lesions on their bodies.
The man in charge is Wallace Havens.
Mick Trevey: “The Humane Society says this is not the way to raise dogs.”
“Well I disagree with that. I think this is the very best way to raise dogs,” Havens said.
Trevey talked to Havens about federal inspection reports of his property, showing things like frigid winter temperatures where dogs are kept and a dog tangled up on wire.
“Anytime there is a loose wire, that's wire protruding and they'll write it up,” Havens said.
Trevey: “But this they say a dog was tangled in it.”
“OK, once in a while, there's a dog, I’m sure once in a while there's a dog gets tangled in the wire. That happens,” Havens said.
Trevey: “And you're OK with that?”
“Well I don't like it but once in a great while, it happens,” Havens said.
Havens helped load some of his dogs into the Humane Society van Monday for the trip to Milwaukee, but even though the group is buying him out of business, he admits they have differences.
“Of course, I look at things different than the Humane Society looks at them. Of course. I understand that and they do too,” Havens said.
Monday, Havens stood by the way he did business at the biggest puppy mill in the state.
Trevey: “Did your operation just get too big for you to control all the details?”
“No it didn't get too big, certainly not,” Havens said.
The Humane Society was swamped over the weekend with people wanting to adopt the puppies. The dogs they brought to the Humane Society Monday will likely be ready for adoption Wednesday, and the society says the high demand is a big help.