Madonna of the Mills ~ FREE Screening @ Busboys & Poets
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 tiny, unsanitary cages, never walked, never petted, never doing anything but making puppies . When these dogs can no longer produce litters or money for their owners, they are put to death – stoned, shot, drowned or starved.
“Madonna of the Mills” is a documentary about Laura, an office manager from Staten Island, who stumbled on this secret four years ago and vowed to save as many of these breeding dogs as she possibly could. Laura has now rescued over 2,000 dogs from Amish and Mennonite farmers in Pennsylvania. In the process, she has forever changed her life and the lives of those families fortunate enough to adopt one of these remarkable “puppy mill” survivors.
Andy Nibley is an author/director/actor/comic. Two years ago, he and his wife co-founded Umbrella Girl Media LLC. Their first production was a documentary about puppy mills entitled Madonna of The Mills, which was released in the winter of 2010.
Kathleen Summers is the manager of HSUS's Stop Puppy Mills Campaign. Summers was one of the key players in the 2009 class-action lawsuit against Petland that was dismissed in its entirety later that year. HSUS refiled and the majority of the claims were again dismissed in May 2010.
Donna Zeigfinger formed a support group in July 2009 for the owners of puppy mill rescue dogs. It is a place where they can talk about their dogs, receive support and share advice.
Busboys & Poets in the Arts District Hyattsville
5331 Baltimore Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781
301.779. 2787 (ARTS)
When: Sunday, November 11th, 5-7 p.m.
Please RSVP by getting your free tickets here!
If interested, we can extend the conversation with our guests at The Big Bad Woof across the street from Busboys & Poets. Come on out and relax with good talk, good food, and good drink!
Presented by The Big Bad Woof, Inc. and Busboys & Poets Restaurant. This event is part of the monthly "Conversations in the Corridor" at Busboys & Poets in Hyattsville MD (typically held every second Sunday of the month from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.).