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.
- 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!
It’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!