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The Humane Society of the United States' first puppy mills-themed video contest, “Why Puppy Mills Stink," created a number of new online responses to the problem of irresponsible breeding.
“We received so many creative, touching and inspiring entries, and it was very difficult to pick a winner. All of the videos submitted are powerful examples of the strong support for cracking down on puppy mills,” said Melanie Kahn, senior director of The HSUS’ Puppy Mills Campaign. “The videos will raise awareness and will encourage people to take action to stop this cruelty.”
Contestants submitted roughly 90-second videos to The HSUS, and submissions in the judged category were based on originality, creativity and quality. Selection of the winners and finalists wrapped up The HSUS’ sixth annual Puppy Mill Action Week, which was held to bring attention to the plight of dogs suffering in puppy mills.
Carmen Ferraro, of Richmond, Va., won for “Angel’s Story,” a hand-drawn cartoon about the life of a puppy in a puppy mill set to music and narration. The video will be broadcast on television in Ferraro’s home state of Virginia and other select media markets.
Based on online votes cast by The HSUS supporters, the “People’s Choice” award went to Jennifer Peterson of Los Angeles, who won for her video “I Will Be Saved.”
In addition to Peterson, three other finalists in the judged category were Brian Bullard of Houston, Texas for “Rescue Me!”; Elyse Harmon of Glenmont, N.Y. for “Be Their Light”; and Michelle Geiger of Appleton, Wis. for “Why Puppy Mills Stink.”
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