Puppy Mill Devastation

December 4, 2013

I do think the awareness of puppy mill horror has become more public than years ago, but after reading some staggering facts, and knowing my own ignorance of buying a pet in my early 20’s, there is still a lot of work to do to stop puppy mills. I can’t believe some of these facts.

10,000: Estimated number of puppy mills in the U.S. (both licensed and unlicensed)
2,024: Number of USDA Class A and B licensed facilities that breed dogs for the pet trade
176,088: Estimated number of dogs kept solely for breeding purposes in USDA licensed facilities
114,457: Estimated number of female dogs kept for breeding at USDA licensed facilities
9.4: Estimated number of puppies per breeding female per year
1,075,896: Estimated number of puppies produced by USDA licensed facilities each year
2.15 million: Estimated number of puppies sold annually who originated from puppy mills – USDA licensed and non-USDA licensed
25%: Estimated percentage of dogs in animal shelters who are purebred
3 million: Estimated number of dogs and cats euthanized by shelters every year in the U.S.
$500,000: Estimated cost of a puppy mill bust involving 250 animals
It’s hard to even get past these numbers, but what I see is that if people stopped buying dogs in pet stores, online, at flea markets or from newspaper ads, we could get a lot closer to a no kill nation – if they adopted instead of buying the 2.15 million puppy mill dogs, the euthanasia rate would dramatically decrease. It’s important these people do not use backyard breeders to get their pets instead because that will not solve the crisis our shelters are in. Backyard breeders are just in it for the money, often cause genetic issues in the puppies they breed, many of these dogs ultimately end up in the shelters anyway, and they are taking away the opportunity for a homeless dog to get adopted. These are some great tips to avoid buying a puppy mill dog. If you want to take more action, here are Seven Ways You Can Stop Puppy Mills.
If that wasn’t enough to get someone to not buy a pet, here are some facts that I’m sure you wouldn’t want to support according to www.dosomething.org:
  • A puppy mill is a commercial dog-breeding facility that focuses on increasing profit with little overhead cost. The health and welfare of the animals is not a priority.
  • Puppy mills will breed a female dog every time she is in heat. For instance, a 5 year old dog could have given birth to 10 litters of puppies.
  • In puppy mills, animals can spend most of their lives in cramped cages, with no room to play or exercise.
  • Often times, the water and food provided for the puppies is contaminated, crawling with bugs. Puppies can even be malnourished.
  • Puppies in mills are found with bleeding or swollen paws, feet falling through the wire cages, severe tooth decay, ear infections, dehydration, and lesions on their eyes, which often lead to blindness.
  • Almost all pet store animals come from puppy mills. At time of purchase, consumers are given incorrect lineage about the dog’s health, breed, and breeder.
  • Every year, retail pet stores across America sell 500,000 dogs, while 5 to 7 million dogs enter shelters.
  • Most puppy mills have no veterinary care, climate control, or protection for the animals from weather (hot, cold, rain, or snow).
  • With limited or no regulations or enforcement, puppy mills have no cleanup control. This means that dogs can be living in urine and feces for indefinite periods of time.
  • In most states, puppy mills are legal. It is important that future pet owners seek rescue dogs from their local shelter to put these puppy mills out of business.
  • Only 26 states in the U.S. have laws to regulate commercial kennels to prevent animal abuse and cruelty.

See what stores sell puppies near you. DO NOT shop at the stores in red – do not even buy a toy or leash from them, because if you do, you are supporting their support of puppy mills!

usine_14See how your state addresses licensing and puppy mills:

puppymillmapIt’s crucial you DO NOT support any pet store that sells puppy mill puppies or any other venue. I know you want to save the sad little puppy in the window at the store, but you are only supporting the continuation of this horrific nightmare when you buy that puppy. We have to stop giving in to the puppies at these stores or at flea markets, and this will stop. It won’t happen over night, but if the demand decreases, puppy mills will ultimately produce fewer dogs. You are the only one that can stop this. See more information on puppy mills and backyard breeders>>

Here is something I sadly never knew until this year, the Amish are HUGE into puppy mills!


  1. Roisin Collins on

    The horror of what us humans can do to other living creatures says very clearly that we have little education in the nature of our minds. The only way this will stop is if we first address our own horror, cruelty, hatred, and anger within ourselves and allow it to be as it is without needing to change it in any way, like avoiding it or indulging it. We first have to deeply love and accept ourselves with everything we think feel and experience ,not shying away from anything. Only then can we love all including all the little critters of the world.

  2. Puppy mills need to be shut down throughout america. america needs to stop animal cruelty.

  3. Thats absolutely terrible!!! Those people I would like to kick their balls for all of that…Pure animals :-(((