Pampered Pets owner Ovella Lange is unfazed by the weekly protesters and says they've had no effect on her business. "We've sold almost 3,000 puppies in the past year," she says, "and we've had complaints about less than 1 percent."
Some of the puppies Lange breeds and sells come from her own kennel in Silex, in Lincoln County. She has been licensed by the USDA for more than five years and has passed yearly inspections by the federal agency. She insists her kennel is no puppy mill.
"Puppy mills are places where the dogs aren't taken care of," says Lange. "They're filthy. The dogs aren't vaccinated, not fed, live in nasty conditions. To meet the [USDA] standards, you can't be like that."
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