Molly is a 2-year old GSD we adopted from German Shepherd Rescue of Iowa (GSDRI.org). She was surrendered by a breeder in Oklahoma. She was not well taken care of. When the rescue got her she was covered in fleas and ticks and was scared of anything outside of her crate, including light. She wouldn't eat, drink, pee/poo, etc. if the lights were on. She was afraid of any sound. She did not enjoy the company of people. She is a very small GSD. Her growth was likely stunted by being bred too early. I think that probably preventer her from being bred again and led to her surrender. The wonderful foster who took her in worked pretty hard to build up Molly's trust enough to have her do things like come out of her crate, eat outside of the crate, eat with the lights on, go outside, and letting the foster and eventual others actually pet her without violently recoiling. When Molly moved in with us she had some regression the first few days. Last night she spent the entire evening in our living room with us alternating between pets from myself and the wife. I think she has accepted us (the kids included) as her people and is ok with her new home. She is still neurotic AF and we have some work to do together still, but I think she is a wonderful pup.
Long story short, fuck irresponsible breeders and the puppy mill culture. Support your local rescue organizations.