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A shocking program on animal cruelty NBC-TV's ``Dateline,'' which aired on April 26, and a follow-up broadcast on May 10, has brought the torture and filth associated with puppy mills into sharp and disturbing focus.
The bright lighting, clean bedding and scrubbed pups seen by pet store visitors too frequently mask the animals' heartlessly cruel background.
Using film provided by an undercover agent of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), ``Dateline'' provided viewers with a look at a puppy mill called Nielsen Farms in Kansas.
The conditions provided for the dogs confined there was a chamber of horrors. The dogs' feet were rubbed raw …