Puppy Mills

"A puppy mill is a breeding facility that mass-produces purebred puppies, which are typically sold at eight weeks of age to brokers and retail operations across the U.S. Puppy mills have long concerned The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The documented problems of puppy mills include: overbreeding dams, inbreeding, minimal veterinary care, poor quality of food and shelter, lack of socialization with humans, overcrowded cages, and the killing of unwanted animals. To the unwitting consumer, this situation frequently means buying a puppy facing an array of immediate veterinary problems or harboring genetically borne diseases that do not appear until years later. Sadly, some dogs are forced to live in puppy mills for their entire lives. They are kept there for one reason only: to produce more puppies. Repeatedly bred, most of these "brood bitches" are killed once their reproductive capacity wanes." -The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

There are approximately 5,000 puppy mills in the United States.  Hundreds of thousands of puppies are born each year in puppy mills all over the U.S.   Female dogs are bred the first time they come into heat and continue to be bred every heat cycle.  Generally, these dogs are able to produce litters for the first five or six years of their lives.  After that their bodies are so worn out that the puppies are almost always born dead.  When the mill owner decides the dog is no longer capable of producing live puppies, he will then destroy the dog! 

Puppy mill owners are in the business for one reason - to make money!  The health and welfare of the dogs is of no concern to those who operate puppy mills.  Operators of these mills make money by selling the puppies to wholesale brokers.  These brokers then sell the puppies to other pet outlets and Pet Stores.  No one has more power to fight puppy mills than the consumer.  The public can stop the cycle of horrific abuse these dogs suffer by refusing to buy dogs from a pet store!


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