Puppy mills are large-scale commercial dog breeding facilities where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.
Puppy mills usually house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization. In order to maximize profits, female dogs are bred at every opportunity with little-to-no recovery time between litters. Puppy mill puppies, often as young as eight weeks of age, are sold to pet shops or directly to the public over the internet, through newspaper ads and at swap meets and flea markets. Dogs are often kept in deplorable conditions in wire cages that injure their paws and legs - sometimes stacked on top of each other. When female breeding dogs reach a point of physical depletion and can no longer reproduce, they are usually killed. Because puppy mills focus on profit, dogs are often bred with little regard for genetic or health quality. They often arrive in pet stores and in their new homes with diseases or infirmities ranging from parasites to pneumonia. Because puppies are removed from their littermates and mothers at a young age, they also suffer from fear, anxiety and other behavioral problems. Because so many of these breeders are operating without oversight or licenses, it is impossible to accurately track them or to know how many there truly are. The ASPCA estimates that there could be as many as 10,000 puppy mills in the United States. There is no legal definition of a “puppy mill”, so don’t be fooled by pet stores owners who show you “papers” or licenses to prove that their dogs are from humane sources. The fact is, responsible breeders would never sell a puppy through a pet store! They want to screen potential buyers to ensure their puppies are going to a good home. PLEASE make adoption your first option.
DON’T SHOP… ADOPT!
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