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Hundreds of thousands of puppies are raised each year
in puppy mills.
Mills are distinguished by their cramped, crude, filthy
conditions and the constant breeding of unhealthy and genetically
defective dogs solely for profit.
Very often the dogs in puppy mills are covered with
matted, filthy hair, their teeeth are rotting and their eyes have ulcers.
We have seen many dogs whose jaws have rotted because of tooth decay.
The dogs are kept in small wire cages for their entire
lives. They never are allowed out. They never touch solid ground or grass.
Many of the dogs are injured in fights that occur in
the cramped cages from which there is no escape.
Many dogs lose feet and legs when they are caught in
the wire floors of the cages and cut off as the dog struggles to free
Very often there is no heat or airconditioning in a
puppymill. The dogs freeze in the winter and die of heat stroke in the
summer. Puppies "cook" on the wires of the cages in the summer.
Female dogs are usually bred the first time they come
into heat and are bred every heat cycle. They are breed until their poor
worn out bodies can't reproduce any longer abnd then they are killed.
Often they are killed by being bashed in the head with a rock or shot.
Sometimes they are sold to laboratories or dumped. This is often by the
time they reach five years old.
Puppy mills and pet stores maximize their profits by
not spending money on proper food, housing or veterinary care.
The food that is fed in puppy mills is often purchased
from dog food companies by the truck load. It is often made of the
sweepings from the floor. It is so devoid of nutritional value that the
dogs' teeth rot at early ages.
Dogs in puppymills are debarked often by ramming a
steel rod down their throats to reputure their vocal cords.
Puppies are taken from their mother when they are 5 to
8 weeks old and sold to brokers who pack them in crates for resale to pet
stores all over the country.
The puppies are shipped by truck or plane and often
without adequate food, water, ventilation or shelter.
Many of the puppies do not survive the trip.
Innocent families buy the puppies only to find that the
puppy is very ill or has genetic or emotional problems. Often the puppies
die of disease. Many other have medical problems that cost thousands of
dollars. And many have emotional problems because they have not been
properly socialized in the mills. Don't bring this misery into your home.
Many of the 4000 federally licensed breeding kennels
have substandard conditions.
Approximately 3,500 petstores in the United States sell
puppies. They sell approximately 500,000 thousand puppies a year. It is
estimated that the puppy industry in Missouri is valued at 40 million
dollars a year. The puppy industry in one county in Pennsylvania,
Lancaster, is valued at 4 million dollars a year.
There are seven states that are known as puppymill
states because they have the majority of the puppymills in the country.
They are: Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Arkansas, Oklahoma and
There is federal law, the Animal Welfare Act, and many
states have laws that purport to regulate puppymills but the fact is that
those laws are rarely enforced.
Our research has shown that 98% of the puppies sold in
petstores come from facilities that we consider to be puppymills.
Petstores often tell customers that their puppies come from local breeders
or quality breeders. Don't believe them, ask to see the paperwork and find
out where the puppies really come from. We even heard about a sign in a
Massachusetts petstore that said their puppies were lovingly raised in
homes in Missouri. Those puppies actually came from the notorious
Do-Bo-Tri in Missouri - a puppymill that has been cited numerous times for
violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
If the people of the United States refused to buy a
puppy in a petstore, the misery of puppy mills would end. Please tell
everyone you know about puppymills and the petstore connection.
There is no excuse for the abuse of mills to
continue. Boycott stores that sell puppies.