As awareness spreads about bad breeders and online scams by people who sell dogs to consumers, the push to end puppy mills has become more forceful and is making a difference. There have been reports of raids of puppy mills in several states. South Carolina recently made news by removing over 200 dogs, 9 horses, and 40 birds from a puppy mill in Edgefield County. In August, Pamlico County along with the help of the Humane Society of the United States raided and removed animals from a puppy mill as well.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has a campaign to end puppy mills and is urging everyone to sign their petition and take the pledge to not buy anything from stores that sell puppies. Most pet shop puppies come from puppy mills and giving any business to those stores supports their ability to continue buying puppies from bad breeders. If you are looking for a new pet, please consider adopting.
We have covered puppy mills in previous articles:
Puppy breeding began shortly after World War II as a form of income and the USDA promoted breeding purebred dogs as a way to recoup losses and boost the economy. Presently, puppy mills or puppy farms as they are sometimes called, are not regulated and many of the animals are often sick, not well fed, and rarely receive any exercise. The females used for breeding tend to be in a never ending cycle of being pregnant and then feeding and weaning their puppies. Their bodies are often worn out and their lives are lived in cages, isolated, and sometimes injured.
Facts about Puppy Mills
- Puppy mill dogs are often interbred, generating health problems for the dogs that are being sold.
- The conditions of living are unsanitary, over-crowded, and the dogs are often kept in small cages to maximize space.
- The dogs are often under socialized, have anxiety, and may display aggressive behavior.
- During transport to the pet stores, puppies do not get to exercise and are often not fed or given water. The length of the trip in a truck can be deadly as they travel in small cages to the pet stores.
- Many pet stores will have AKC papers for the dogs they sell, but this does not mean the dogs are from reputable breeders.
What you can do
- Sign petitions
- Adopt, don’t shop
- Donate to your local humane society
- Teach your children the importance of pet care and how to be a responsible owner.
- Volunteer your time to advocate for animal welfare by socializing pets at your local shelter or helping with a rescue group.
- Take part in pet events.
We can all help to protect the dogs, horses, cats, and other animals that are subjected to this type of living and peacefully make change.