Q- Iíve heard the term, but what
exactly are they?
A- Puppy Mills are large scale commercial breeding
operations in which dogs are routinely treated inhumanely. This
treatment may include the following:
- Dogs are not given proper veterinary care or adequate
nutrition, the cost of which decreases profit.
- Dogs are kept in small cages, often with wire bottoms
so excrement can be cleaned up more easily.
- Dogs are not socialized - their only contact with
humans is the cruel treatment they receive.
- Female dogs are bred continuously beginning with
their first heat until they can no longer bear puppies.
- Non-productive breeding dogs are often shot or
Q- There arenít any puppy mills near
me. Is there any way a puppy mill dog could find its way to me
without me knowing it?
A- Puppy mill dogs are sometimes transferred to smaller
ďagentsĒ who misrepresent the dogs as home-raised pets for
sale. However, according the American Humane Society, a majority
of these dogs end up being sold by pet shops.
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