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Sun, July 27, 2014 |
NMTR's 7th Annual Gift Auction Fundraiser! -
It's that time of year again! Sunday, October 5th, 2014 is our 7th Annual Gift Auction Fundraiser!
A $40.00 ticket includes lunch from Portobello Cafe, drinks, dessert, and coffee/tea plus five tickets to win baskets. Tickets will be also sold separately to win prizes. 50/50 Drawing. Come enjoy a fun-filled afternoon while helping NMTR save more puppy mill dogs! Buy your tickets today!

Mon, July 8, 2013 |
NMTR's 6th Annual Gift Auction Fundraiser! -
Join us on Sunday, September 15, 2013 for our 6th Annual Gift Auction fundraiser!
Our 6th annual gift auction is sure to be the hottest ticket of the season! Admission includes lunch, beverages & dessert. Tickets sold separately to win grand prizes, beautiful baskets and 50/50! Buy your tickets today!

Sun, April 15, 2012 |
No More Tears Fundraiser -
Sunday April 15th 12-3PM at Wagner College on the Oval. $10.00 adults, $5.00 for children - includes food, crafts, and 2 raffle tickets. Raffle tickets will be on sale as well. Baskets include donations from Ella's Baby Baskets, Satya Jewlery, Via Ponte Pizzeria, THE LIMITED, Renato's Pastry Shoppe, Pampered Chef, DVD BASKETS.COM, Dr. Seuss, The Groom Room, Wagner Tennis Team, and many more!

Fri, January 13, 2012 |
HBO OnDemand is showing "Madonna Of The Mills" -
HBO OnDemand is showing "Madonna Of The Mills" thru Feb. 6, 2012
HBO OnDemand is showing "Madonna Of The Mills" thru Feb. 6, 2012. The DVD is available for purchase at MadonnaOfTheMills.com.

Thu, May 26, 2011 |
"Madonna of the Mills" to Air on HBO! -
Mark your calendar and set your DVR! The critically-acclaimed documentary "Madonna of the Mills" has been bought by HBO Documentary Films and will air August 31, 2011 on HBO2.
Mark your calendar and set your DVR! The critically-acclaimed documentary "Madonna of the Mills" has been bought by HBO Documentary Films and will air August 31, 2011, on HBO2.

Sat, April 30, 2011 | SILive.com
Tottenville H.S. fair promoted humane treatment of dogs - Theresa Liquori Pesci
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the Youth Council from the Jewish Community Center Beacon program at Tottenville High School for the fund-raiser which raised awareness of puppy mills at the community fair given Sunday,
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Mon, March 21, 2011 | PremiumBlend.com
"Madonna of the Mills" on HBO: The Fight Against Puppy Mills -
If you're knowledgeable about dogs you already know the horror of the Pennsylvania puppy mills that breed stock for pet stores that place profit above all else. If you're not aware of the deplorable conditions that these dogs are forced to endure, you sho
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Sat, March 19, 2011 | Daley's Dog Years
Cause* It's Saturday -
As documentary films become more and more popular with audiences, the medium is an increasingly effective way to shine a light on dark issues.
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Thu, March 10, 2011 | SILive.com
Youth Council, part of Beacon program at Tottenville HS, designed to help teens be active members of community - Diane Lore
"Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something" is the motto of students involved in the Tottenville High School Beacon program.
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Sun, January 9, 2011 | SILive.com
Grymes Hill woman saves thousands of dogs from puppy mills - Stephanie Slepian
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Laura Flynn-Amato fell in love with Abby the minute she saw the yellow lab in a pet store in the Staten Island Mall. She took the weeks-old puppy home that day. And then the seizures started.
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Wed, December 29, 2010 | Intelligencer Journal
Ephrata man faces animal cruelty charge - Larry Alexander
An Ephrata man has been charged with animal cruelty in connection with the brutal killing of a house cat.
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Mon, December 20, 2010 | Huffington Post
A Marketer's Moment of Shame - Judy Shapiro
I have always been proud to be a marketer, whether I was at a large advertisement agency or working from the client side. That is, until earlier this month, the exact date was December 11 -- a date that is now indelibly marked in my mind as the moment...
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Wed, December 15, 2010 | Brooklyn Eagle
This Christmas, Don't Buy a Puppy From a Pet Store - Caitlin McNamara
"Never buy a puppy from a pet store." Maybe you've heard this adage from a parent or a friend, but without fully understanding why.
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Mon, December 13, 2010 | Examiner.com
"Madonna of the Mills" -- a powerful puppy mill documentary - Amy Rossi
It was just a regular workday for me when I came across Laurie Cantillo's op-ed in NewCanaan Patch entitled "Dear Santa, No Puppies for Christmas, Please."
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Sun, December 12, 2010 | New Canaan Patch
Dear Santa, No Puppies for Christmas, Please - Laurie Cantillo
You walk into a pet store to buy dog food or cat litter. From wire or glass enclosures puppies peer at you with soft brown eyes, looking lonely and forlorn. Tails wagging, some scratch at the glass excitedly, hoping you're the kind soul to take them home
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Fri, December 10, 2010 | NBCNewYork.com
'Madonna of the Mills': Staten Island Woman Earns Dog-Loving Nickname - Andrew Siff
By day, she's an assistant in a dentist's office on Staten Island.
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Tue, December 7, 2010 | Huffington Post
Tax Code Crackdown Leads to Rescue of 120 Puppy Mill Dogs - Wayne Pacella
Last week I told you about Boomer, a poodle mix found in desperate condition in a Mississippi puppy mill earlier this year who now looks and feels a lot different in his new home, after his rescue by The Humane Society of the United States.
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Mon, November 29, 2010 |
"Madonna of the Mills" Opens 7th Annual Artivist Film Festival in New York City - Scott Busby
Documentary Takes On "Puppy Mill" Trade in America Through Personal Story of New York Woman Who Has Rescued More Than 2,000 Dogs
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Tue, November 2, 2010 | Life With Dogs
Madonna of the Mills -
America has a nasty secret. All of those cute puppies that are sold in pet stores come from "puppy mills". Their mothers spend their entire lives in a tiny, unsanitary cages, never walked, never petted, never doing anything but making puppies. When these
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Mon, November 1, 2010 |
Madonna of the Mills: One Woman. Two Thousand Dogs. A Story of Hope. -
Official site for the film -- watch the trailer and meet the dogs featured in the film.
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Sat, July 10, 2010 | AnimalLawCoalition.com
PA's 2008 Dog Law Subverted by Enforcement Bureau: An Update - Laura Allen
Update July 8, 2010: Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has ordered the Dept. of Agriculture to issue regulations consistent with the 2008 law that requires wire flooring for dogs held in Class C commercial kennels.
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Wed, July 7, 2010 |
A Letter from Bill Smith of Main Line Rescue - Bill Smith
Once again our new hard fought dog laws are being threatened. Not by the commercial breeders, or their lobbyist, or by those who profit by selling the breeders registration papers - but by the governor's own staff. Jessie Smith and Sue West, both of the Bureau of Dog Law, announced last week that they will ignore the provisions of the new law requiring breeders to provide their adult breeding dogs with solid flooring and unfettered access to the outside (indoor/outdoor runs). Instead, they will allow breeders to continue to force their dogs to live on painful wire strand flooring (which was recently voted down by the vets on the Canine Health Board), and breeders will not be required to provide their dogs access to outside runs. This is in violation of the law - the law we all fought so hard to pass. This is outrageous and we cannot let this go unchallenged.

Please take five minutes and write to the below persons (copy and paste) and demand that our new laws be enforced and that Jessie Smith and Sue West stop trying to protect Pennsylvania's commercial breeders by setting illegal policies that will harm PA's puppy mill dogs. Jessie Smith claims wire flooring is more sanitary - so is cleaning every day which is required by law. Jessie Smith claims the mother dogs will only be on the painful wire, locked away inside, for one week prior to giving birth and for the time it takes to wean their puppies - since the dogs in these facilities are there for the sole purpose of breeding, the mother dogs could spend half of the year facing conditions we all thought we abolished by pushing through the new dog laws. Jessie Smith claims she's worried about puppies being caught outside in bad weather - better to confine the mother to a small cage inside a sweltering barn than ask the farmer to watch that his puppies don't get caught outside? Jessie Smith claims that the mother dogs will have the solid floor of their whelping boxes in which to stand - will breeders use whelping boxes? Can we trust them? Whelping boxes are not required by law.....BUT SOLID FLOORING AND ACCESS TO OUTDOOR EXERCISE AREAS ARE - FOR EVERY ADULT DOG IN EVERY COMMERCIAL BREEDING FACILITY IN PENNSYLVANIA AND THE BUREAU HAS NO RIGHT ATTEMPTING TO REWRITE OUR NEW HARD FOUGHT DOG LAWS.

Contact the below individuals. Remind them that regardless of how they may feel, solid flooring and access to outdoor runs is now REQUIRED by law. Ask them when will this finally be over and when will the Bureau finally enforce our laws instead of handing out endless extensions and waivers. Be polite, but firm. It was 102 degrees outside today and the hutches in Lancaster County are filled with dogs that have only us to fight for them. The Governor has repeatedly stated that his goal was to get breeding dogs off wire and to give them access to outside runs. Why is his staff going against his wishes and why is he not stopping this? No doubt, you will receive a reply from Jessie Smith - no matter what excuses she offers, ask her why adult dogs are being allowed to be housed on wire flooring now that it's illegal. She'll tell you puppies can be on wire and the mothers should be with the puppies. Tell her they can be with their puppies - on solid flooring.

gtuma@state.pa.us
stcrawford@state.pa.us
rredding@state.pa.us
jlsmith@state.pa.us
suewest@state.pa.us
badams@state.pa.us
skniley@state.pa.us
nwyatt@state.pa.us
ashriver@state.pa.us
sbattisti@state.pa.us
scampbell@state.pa.us
lsimmens@state.pa.us

Bill Smith
Main Line Animal Rescue

Thu, June 17, 2010 | Norwalk Hour
Westport puppy mill protesters subject of documentary - Jill Bodach
A Westport-based grassroots animal activist group will be featured in an upcoming documentary warning consumers about the dangers of purchasing dogs bred in puppy mills.
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Mon, October 26, 2009 | PetFinder.com
Happy Tail: Abbie - Elaine of Pelham, NH
Hi, I'm Abbie. You just featured a "Happy Tails" story on my sister, Rudy. We shared a "cell" together for the first few years of of our lives in that horrible puppy mill in PA.
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Thu, October 22, 2009 | PetFinder.com
This Week's Happy Tail: Rudy - Mary of Rockaway, NY
Rudy's story started three years ago when she was born into a life of misery. She is a puppy mill mama. But thankfully for Laura of No More Tears Rescue, she is now a year with us here in NY.
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Sun, September 20, 2009 | LancasterOnline.com
Sniffing Out Puppy Mills - Suzanne Cassidy
Marchers still in dogged pursuit; laud new Pa. law, demand enforcement.
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Sat, July 11, 2009 | Newsweek
Ripple Effect: Pressure to Close a 'Puppy Mill' - Suzanne Smalley
An investigation into designer dogs leads to greater scrutiny of the 'puppy mill' industry.
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Thu, July 9, 2009 | The Philadelphia Enquirer
Emmaus dog breeder fined more than $150,000 -
An Eastern Pennsylvania dog breeder has been fined more than $150,000 and faces more than 230 charges for allegedly violating state dog laws.
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Wed, July 1, 2009 | The Dairy Planet
New Hope And An Opportunity To Help -
Saturday, June 27th new hope came for dogs all across the country. Stonyfield employee Elaine Bolognese organized a walk for "puppy mill rescue" and raised an astounding $1,030!
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Sun, May 10, 2009 | BestFriends.org
Pup My Ride to the Rescue - Cathy Scott, Best Friends Staff Writer
More than 200 dogs, from puppies to middle-aged adults, are resting easier today. The cast-off canines were just saved from commercial breeders in Missouri in a successful joint effort between animal rescue groups, including Best Friends.
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Fri, April 3, 2009 | Philly.com
At 76, She Has A Nose For Troubled Kennels - Amy Worden and Jeff Gammage
She doesn't look like a dedicated undercover operative, this 76-year-old animal lover with arthritic knees.
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Thu, March 26, 2009 | Main Line Animal Rescue
Watch ABC's Nightline on Puppy Mills - Bill Smith
Well friends, once again, the cat is out of the bag -- or should we say the dog out of the hutch!
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Wed, March 25, 2009 | PR Newswire
Animal Planet Offering Up Puppy Mill Expose -
Starting in Pennsylvania, a state which some organizations have dubbed "the puppy mill capital of the east," Animal Planet follows the committed law enforcement officers of the Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA) to take viewers inside the world of puppy mills...
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Mon, December 22, 2008 | Philadelphia Inquirer
PA Closes Troubled Lancaster County Kennel - Amy Worden
After more than a year of court battles, the state Department of Agriculture has closed a trouble-plagued Lancaster County kennel.
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Sat, November 1, 2008 | TheMorningCall.com
Pawlowski should keep the heat on bad landlords - Bill White
I promised you some good news arising from the Pennsylvania SPCA's raid on the inaptly named Almost Heaven dog kennel in Upper Milford Township, and more generally from the kennel's grisly history.
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Fri, October 31, 2008 | Blogging With Bill White
Something Good - Bill White
The focus of my columns about the inaptly named Almost Heaven dog kennel has been pretty relentlessly negative. It was hard to find silver linings in the wake of a Pennsylvania SPCA raid in which investigators said...
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Thu, October 30, 2008 | Intelligencer Journal
Lancaster Humane League Gets Kennel Dogs - Tom Knapp
A Gordonville dog breeder on Wednesday signed 20 dogs over to the Humane League of Lancaster after he was unable
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Sat, October 11, 2008 | TheMorningCall.com
Kennel's Hellish Conditions No Surprise To Rescuers - Bill White
They hold a Puppy Mill Awareness Day every year in Lancaster County, home of some of the most disgraceful puppy mills in the country. It's always an emotional event for animal lovers.
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Thu, October 9, 2008 | Blogging With Bill White
Heavenly - Bill White
I've heard from a lot of people about the Almost Heaven horror show last week.
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Thu, October 2, 2008 | TheMorningCall.com
Justice Finally Served At Almost Heaven - Bill White
I don't have as much faith in justice as I used to. In the corporate world, in politics, in the courts, even in TV and movies, the bad guys seem to thrive.
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Mon, August 18, 2008 | Reading Eagle
Many Protest Killing Of Dozens Of Dogs By Maxatawny Township Kennel Owner - Erin Negley
Friday night, animal-right activists placed 80 white chrysanthemums at the property line - one for each dog shot and killed by the kennel owners.
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Sat, August 16, 2008 | Intelligencer Journal
Slain Dogs Honored - Susan E. Lindt
Under a full moon, more than 100 people gathered on a country road here Friday night for a somber candlelight vigil to remember 80 dogs shot to death by two Amish farmers late last month.
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