Many people have heard the term “puppy mill”, yet many more don’t really understand what it means, other than that it has something to do with buying and selling puppies.
The following article is intended to help educate the millions of responsible pet owners who may be about to unwittingly purchase a puppy from a mill because they believe that they are getting a dog from a “reputable” breeder.
Here you will learn the shocking truth behind the cruel and inhumane trafficking of those innocent canines who are little more than a means to a fat bank account for the owners of these puppy mill operations.
What is a Puppy Mill?
The definition of a puppy mill is a large scale breeding operation purely for attaining the highest dollar profit possible in the shortest period of time with little to no regard for the health or welfare of those dogs and puppies kept behind bars.
Why Should You Care?
There are many reasons why dog lovers should really care whether the puppy they are thinking of buying comes from a puppy mill.
Firstly, when breeding usefulness is over, the mother of a puppy mill puppy you may have unknowingly purchased is usually killed or dumped in an out of way location or sold for experimentation, where she will die a slow, painful and frightened death.
Even though breeders who sell puppy mill puppies may not technically be operating above the law, as they may indeed hold a breeding license, the standards of care required for obtaining such a license, as set forth by the government, is generally so far beneath what it should be, and there are not enough government officials to check out every operation, that many end up providing little more than bare minimum food, water and shelter.
Puppy mill breeders often own many hundreds of dogs of many different breeds which they keep in unheated, cramped wire cages for their entire miserable lives. Oftentimes these dogs become so malformed that, if rescued, they are unable to even walk properly. These tortured dogs can be bred over and over again, as often as possible, to ensure optimum revenue for their human captors.
Care Enough to Check
Oftentimes the puppy you buy that came from a puppy mill will have genetic problems as a result of the mistreated, malnourished suffering the production-line mother has had to endure. This can lead to multiple physical and/or neurological defects and disease in a puppy that may not show up until after you’ve purchased it, or when the puppy gets a little older.
What Sort of Defects?
The list is endless, however some of the more common problems and severe health issues leading to costly veterinary care found in commercial breeding operations include internal parasites (some that can infect humans), deadly Parvo and Distemper, congenital defects, such as displaced kneecaps, hip, eye and heart defects.
As well, oftentimes puppy mill puppies develop behavioral issues or extreme fearfulness and shyness because they were removed from their mothers too early before they could learn any socialization skills. Many times these dogs with behavioral issues then become an additional burden for rescue groups, humane societies, municipal pounds and SPCA facilities.
What about inspectors – isn’t it their job to ensure this sort of inhumane breeding is stopped? Yes, there are inspectors out there, however, as is the case with many government branches, the many thousands of “licensed” kennels far outweigh the very few inspectors.
Where are Puppy Mill Puppies Sold?
a) Classified Newspaper Ads
b) Pet Stores
c) Websites
d) Public places (street corners, flea markets, at the beach or in parks)
Where NOT to Purchase Your Next Puppy
a) Classified Newspaper Ads
b) Pet Stores
c) Websites
d) Public places (street corners, at the beach, flea markets, or in parks)
If you must buy a puppy (rather than adopting), make certain that you first take the time to carry out thorough research so that you can make sure that you are not contributing to the suffering of millions of adult dogs forced into a miserable life of inhumane captivity on the production line of a puppy mill.
Puppy Buying Protocol
(1) always insist on seeing the breeding operation beforehand, and be highly suspicious of anyone who is willing to “deliver” to you, or won’t let you see where the dogs and puppies live.
(2) Never purchase from a pet store because no responsible breeder would sell to a pet store. The staff working in the store may not know that they are also contributing to ongoing puppy mill hell.
(3) Never buy a puppy from a website, without first viewing the facility yourself, because as great looking as a website may be, this is an easy way to disguise a torturous operation.
(4) Teach your friends, family and acquaintances about the horror of puppy mills because knowledge is the only way to put a stop to these terribly inhumane breeding practices.
(5) Boycott shopping in pet stores that sell puppies or kittens.
Shopping vs Adopting
Instead of shopping, consider adopting one of the many, many deserving dogs looking for a new forever home. If you’re looking for a new best friend to share your life, please consider the many, many alternatives and instead of shopping, do your part to help shut down puppy mills and instead, consider ADOPTING!
Remember that there are, unfortunately, many different adoption, rescue and shelter services, many of which are rescues for specific pure breeds, so even if you have your heart set on a particular breed of dog, there’s one out there that needs a second chance at a forever home and the loving care that only you can provide.
Hire a Professional
If you should come into contact with a puppy or dog who has obviously been bred in a puppy mill, and as a result, they have some behavioral issues, hire a professional dog whisperer to help show you how to help alleviate these problems so your puppy or dog can have the best opportunity to live a normal, happy life.
The helpful staff at hope that you now realize how to avoid puppy mills so that you will never be involved in purchasing puppies from disreputable breeders.
Asia Moore — Ask a Dog Whisperer © 2014 All Rights Reserved “With the proper training, Man can be dog’s best friend.”

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