Why some people buy dogs from puppy mills but say they're rescue dogs

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Dog rescue groups have long denounced commercial breeders for mistreating animals. But one reporter found that some of the same rescue groups who criticize breeders are buying dogs from them at auctions, sometimes for thousands of dollars, and selling them as rescue dogs.


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By Salwan Georges/The Washington Post.

Credits

Guest:
Kim Kavin - author of “The Dog Merchants: Inside the Big Business of Breeders, Pet Stores and Rescuers”

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Gina Pollack, Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Quinn O'Toole, Yael Even Or