Puppy mills are breeding sites that purport to
mass breed purebred puppies for wholesale distribution to pet stores and direct to consumers. A number of problems await the unsuspecting new puppy owner who takes one these pups
Let's take a look at a few
The claim that
these puppies are purebred is suspicious at best in many cases.
The reason for
this is that the term purebred only refers to paperwork documenting lineage of the puppy. Whether the
information is accurate is questionable as no true oversight by any regulatory association
As a result,
puppies bred at a puppy mill may show characteristics that are not indicative of the represented breed at
adulthood. The chances that these dogs are not true purebred
dogs has long been a suspicion of anti puppy mill activists.
Puppy Mill Abuse
There is a long and sad history of puppy and dog abuse at
puppy mills throughout theUnited
Some examples include inbreeding, malnourishment, lack of veterinary care,
inadequate shelter, insufficient or dirty water to drink, lack of exercise for puppies and dogs kept in
filthy pens and cages.
A lack of
socialization, and the wanton killing and disposal of dogs, known as brood bitches that are no longer capable of
breeding and puppies that are undesirable or unwanted, adds to the depravity of puppy mills
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Who Buys From Puppy
Not only are
retail businesses customers for puppy mill operators but these disreputable peddlers offer puppies for
sale to puppy brokers, direct to the retail puppy customer via
the World Wide Web, and through classified ads in print publications such as newspapers and
The Sad Consequences of Buying from a Puppy
who pay $1,000.00 dollars and up for a purebred puppy are typically unaware of the miserable conditions and
abuse at puppy mills. As a result, they are unaware of the
inbreeding of dogs at puppy mills is, and its corresponding
relationship to the health problems in their new dog.
We have seen
examples of health disorders in as little as a few days while some cases may not arise or be discovered or a
year or more. By that time, the visit to the veterinarian becomes a shock to the system of the unsuspecting
customer, who often feels duped.
In many sad
cases these dogs are viewed as too much of a problem to keep and support through their health crisis. These
unfortunate, unhealthy dogs , are often given up or delivered to a dog shelter where they are euthanized if a new
home is not found in a short period d of time.
An added health
concern for puppy buyers is that dogs that begin their life at puppy mills often have their birth dates falsified so that unscrupulous dealers can sell them before
they are reach the ripe old age of eight weeks old.
practice is reflected in latter day diseases and immunological disorders. These problems arise as the puppy had
insufficient time to nurse from the mother.
falsifying this paperwork is a violation of federal law, it is believed by puppy mill activists that this practice is common. The evidence for the
practice exists in the rather uniform birth dates that puppies born at puppy mills have listed on the
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Is the Existence of Puppy Mills
several thousand puppy mills that operate in the U.S The vast majority are inPennsylvaniaandMissouri. We have observed a large influx of puppies
Animal Welfare Act prohibits many puppy mill practices, there are less than one hundred inspectors nationally
who monitor the operations of puppy mills for the USDA, the enforcement arm for the federal
State laws also
prohibit abuse of dogs in puppy mills, but enforcement of these statutes is a very low or almost non existent
priority. As a result, statutory enforcement and regulation of puppy mills by authorities is seldom
So What Should a Puppy 'Buyer' To Do
In our view,
the answer is clear. Put your checkbook back in your pocket and instead of being a puppy buyer, become a
adopter. Instead of contributing to
the abuse and killing of dogs, save a life.
contributing to the explosion of unwanted dogs that are sitting on doggy death row in dog shelters, provide a
loving home. There are wonderful, loving mutts, purebred, puppies, middle aged and senior dogs waiting to
be adopted or rescued in your home
town today .