Seven years of torture

This story is about Lily, a dog who, like many others, was born under the worst conditions and never really had a chance at life.

Lily was born in what is known as a puppy mill. These are breeding grounds for dogs that resemble an assembly line in a factory. The dogs are bred for their looks and the females are kept as breeding slaves where they are forced to have as many litters as possible before they can no longer reproduce. The terrifying thing is, it's completely legal.

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"Lily spent all of her days confined to a small, cold wire cage in a dark, foul-smelling barn. Never was she removed from her cage for exercise or socialization. In her dreary confines, Lily was forced to produce one litter after another with no respite. Like all commercial breeding dogs, she was a veritable breeding machine whose worth was measured in only one way – her ability to produce puppies," explained Theresa Strader, founder of National Mill Dog Rescue

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Due to this, by the age of seven Lily's body had been warped into something barely resembling a dog. She had no lower jaw, the consequence of no dental care, poor diet, and having to drink water from a rabbit bottle. Her jaw had literally rotted away. Deadly tumors developed inside her chest and Lily became reclusive and terrified of people.

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Lily was worn out and the breeders no longer needed her so they sold her at an auction. Lisa Strader bought Lily for what the breeder called a "steal." Lisa Strader, a self-admitted animal lover has been a dog rescuer her entire life —  fostering  unwanted and stray dogs. No one wanted Lily because she was so worn out.  Despite never having housed anything other than a rescue dog in her life, she bought Lily. After being adopted, she underwent four surgeries to remove mammary tumors and to repair her face. Her uterus had transformed into a rotted, black hole from the years of breeding.