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I Breathe is an in depth and emotional look at the multi-billion dollar world of commercial dog breeding. It is told through the perspective of breeders and rescue workers. Lily was an eight-year-old Italian Greyhound that lived the majority of her life in a commercial kennel. She was purchased at a dog auction for twenty dollars and found her 'forever home'. Because of the way she lived, and her premature death, Lily became the driving force behind National Mill Dog Rescue, which rehabilitates and re-homes dogs like her. So far, more than three thousand dogs have been rescued in Lily's name in just over three years.
In an unprecedented meeting, top professionals in the commercial dog breeding industry sat down with rescue workers and hobby breeders to discuss their differences and misconceptions. The meeting was colorful at times, and results in a very surprising conclusion.
I Breathe is emotional, informative and will probably make you shed a tear or two. It isn't without victory, and the celebration of dogs that have gone on to great homes and happy lives.
To see clips from I Breathe, visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1682913/combined
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Despite the furtive behavior of the breeders, the filmmaker does her best to show both sides of the story. Breeders are given ample opportunity to explain their point of view, but their claims seem hollow when contrasted with the footage of actual commercial dog breeding operations shown in the film.
The documentary does an excellent job of showing the conditions at commercial breeding operations without dwelling on shocking or gruesome sights. This film will not give you nightmares, but anyone who loves animals will be moved by the plight of the puppy mill victims, and by the redemption of the lucky few.
Barb York and Frank Losey of the Missouri Pet Breeders Association (both key figures in lobbyist groups for commercial breeders) are featured heavily in the film. Especially dramatic is the footage of veterinary treatment of a sickly, long-neglected dog, sold for one penny at auction... by Barb York.
Everyone who owns a dog or is thinking of buying one should watch this film, preferably in an animal shelter where they can see the results of irresponsible breeding firsthand. It is a powerful statement about what happens when we treat living, feeling animals as merchandise to be sold, warehoused, and discarded when they are no longer useful.
I own an Italian greyhound that was also rescued from a mill so this touched my heart even more. If you don't know about puppy mills or where pet shop puppies come from please watch this documentary.