Puppy mills used to be a well-kept industry secret. Now with the help of organizations like the ASPCA , Best Friends and The Puppy Mill Project, these mills are being exposed for what they really are.
What exactly is a puppy mill?
Essentially puppy mills are a commercial factory farm for dog breeding. They mass produce puppies by over breeding. The female dogs spend their years in tiny cages or tied to a tree and are continuously bred. As soon as they can no longer churn out litters, the mothers are killed, abandoned, or auctioned off.
They live in filthy conditions and receive little to no veterinary care. The mother and her puppies often suffer from malnutrition, and exposure to the elements. These poor souls are often afflicted with various diseases and sicknesses, ranging from ear infections to oozing eyes, mange, abscessed feet, and genetic defects.
Who buys from puppy mills?
Puppy mills are also known as kennels or dog breeders. They supply animals to pet stores and the general public. Their puppies are sold through classified ads and eye-catching websites. Watch this video, it will bring tears to your eyes.
Now to be fair, not all dog breeders are puppy mills. There are reputable dog breeders who love and care for their animals.
What can we do?
If you have your heart set on a purebred puppy, you have options. Check with your local shelter or rescue centers. They often have purebreds.
Now if you want to buy from a breeder, educate yourself and do your research first. Get references from the breeder, visit the facility to see how the mother and her puppies live. Check the breeder’s background and ask to see vet records.
Understand your state’s selling and breeding laws. If you bought a puppy from a mill know how to protect yourself and enforce the laws that are already in place. This is a good site to start.
Speak out to put an end to puppy mill cruelty. Tell your family, friends, and social networks about the savage conditions of the puppy mill industry.
Report unethical breeding practices to your local animal law enforcement agency.
Sign petitions and write to your state and federal legislators.
Let’s band together and give a voice to the millions of suffering dogs. If you know of other ways to help out, please share in the comments below.
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