Today is national puppy mill awareness day and we would like everyone to be aware of the terrible life that lots of breeding dogs have, the greed of many commercial breeders and the problems you may incur should you buy a pup from them.
Puppy mills are inhumane commercial puppy-breeding facilities that value profits over the health or well-being of the dogs used as breeding stock. They sell their “product” to pet stores, on-line, in classified ads and at dog shows..
Commercial puppy-breeding is a multi-billion dollar industry. And it’s an ugly one. People we talk to are always surprised to learn that it exists and that it is legal. But the fact is, dogs are considered “livestock” and are regulated by the Department of Agriculture whose law allows a level of care that most people would not consider humane.
These puppy-breeders take advantage of this to maximize their profit at the expense of the welfare of the dogs, inhumanely confined and bred continuously until their feeble bodies give out. They hide the truth from the public by selling their puppies to unsuspecting consumers through pet stores, websites and classified ads, refusing to reveal where or how the puppy was born and raised.
Right now, hundreds of thousands of adult dogs, used as breeding stock, are suffering on the “production lines” in puppy mills. They are treated like products, not living beings, and their health and welfare are disregarded to maintain a low overhead and maximize profit. Mills range in size, some have a few breeding dogs and others have hundreds of breeding dogs packed into deplorable spaces.
It’s legal to confine adult breeding dogs to small, wire-bottomed cages, only 6 inches longer than the dog on all sides, often stacked on top of other cages, for life. They live in overcrowded, squalid conditions, neglected, starved and left sick and injured without medical care or relief from overwhelming pain. Most females are bred as frequently as possible, with no recovery time in between litters, and when they are no longer able to “produce” they are discarded like garbage.
Most people don’t want to believe it, but that cute puppy in the pet store may have come from a puppy mill and the mother is still there, suffering endlessly, forced to breed yet another litter.
Adopting from a rescue says a firm NO to this trade and if they don’t have the ‘customers’ they can’t continue to trade. If you buy from a pet store, online market place or advertisement in the newspaper you could be condemning a female to yet another litter and the fee you pay enables the ‘breeder’ to continue….ADOPT DON’T SHOP!