Yet Tranter is optimistic that things will change. In the Australian state of Victoria, profit-driven puppy mills are soon to be outlawed, and laws are expected to pass that will ban the sale of animals in pet shops. Tranter hopes the New South Wales government will pass similar legislation.
After discovering the beagle puppies in the wall cavity, Tranter had to make the heartbreaking decision to leave both the puppies and their mother behind so she wouldn't be charged with theft. Yet Tranter is confident her photographs and videos will save these dogs' lives.
"In my opinion, conditions were so bad, there were grounds to close the place down and get these dogs out," Tranter said. "That's what I was pinning my hopes on."
If the dogs can be legally rescued by the authorities, Oscar's Law has offered to pay for all veterinary bills and help find foster homes for the animals. Still, the dogs will have a long road to recovery. When Tranter rescued her miniature poodle, Oscar, from a puppy mill in Victoria, she said it took him many years to adjust to his new life.