Puppy mills are large-scale dog breeding facilities. Their sole purpose is to churn out puppies for profit like an ill-fated factory. The facilitators of puppy mills have no regard for the health and well being of these creatures. They are heartless fortune seekers.
The conditions at a puppy mill are wretched. Usually the breeding dogs are kept in cages that they hardly ever leave. Some paws never know what it is like to touch grass. And there are rows and rows of these cages, stacked upon one another.
The smell of feces and urine is unbearable and suffocating. Proper sanitation is not high on the priority list of a puppy miller.
The canines hardly ever see a vet if at all ever in their lives. They can be overcome with diseases like parvo and distemper. They are usually chock full of parasites including fleas, ticks, heart worms, hook worms and roundworms.
Inbreeding is common place. Breeding standards are very low. Poor breeding leads to horrible health problems such as hip dysplasia, genetic mutations and just a poor quality of dog.
When a dog has outgrown their breeding purpose they are thrown to the side. They can be abandoned along side the road or inhumanly killed off when their fertility has waned.
But not to be discouraged there are things you can do when in the market for a new family member. You need to be proactive when you are on the hunt for the perfect pooch.
Pet stores are some of the biggest brokers for puppy milled dogs. Ask to see documentation on the breeder from which the dog came from. Ask to see full veterinarian records for the dog’s health. Listen carefully to the clerk when they talk about their “merchandise”. They have learned to double talk very well.
If you plan to buy a dog from a private breeder make sure you do your homework. Ask them questions and more questions. Ask to see their premises where the dogs are bred. Do the dogs look healthy and fed? What are their living conditions like? Have they had their shots and been dewormed? Do they have satisfied customers you can speak with?
Be alert about health guarantees and contracts. They sometimes protect the breeder then the dog they are trying to sell you. Always read every single word that is stated.
If you do run across a puppy mill do not fall into the trap of buying a dog because you think you are rescuing it. You are only feeding the puppy miller’s need for cash. Contact your local humane society and insist they investigate.
It has been said before the way we treat our animals is a direct reflection on people and civilization. As a society we can no longer idly stand by and let puppy millers abuse man’s best friend and profit from it. Dogs cannot rally for their rights. So it must be us, For we are dog’s best friend.