Animal Cruelty and Puppy Mills

What are puppy mills?

aka “puppy farm”

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breeding factory for dogs
moms breed until they are too weak or until they die Conditions

Overcrowded in old farms, shed, or chicken coop wired, unsanitary cages to minimize waste cleaning (in winter and summer) food infested with maggots and water is green with algae underfed malnourished – leads to puppies eating one another never let out to play, develop leg problems . video – end at :55 E. Sold to pet stores “lucky puppies” loaded into a truck, many don’t make it  develop diseases – epilepsy, heart disease, kidney disease, blood disorders, eye problems, musculoskeletal disease sometimes develop socialization problems due to lack of affection and being taken away from their mothers Toby :

sick when we got him
leg problems/present day leg problems
could have saved a lot of money

Why aren’t they outlawed?

animal cruelty is illegal, puppy mills are not
any puppy mills are licensed by the USDA
the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) – defines minimum requirement standard care for dogs
standard is far from what people consider humane many puppy mills are on illegal and on private property
there are many puppy mill rescues that go to shelters (Chrystal & Anti-Cruelty Society)

How to stop puppy mills

don’t buy puppies or products from pet stores
don’t buy online
buy from breeders
look for reputable breeders
an show you legitimate background information on the puppies

Works Cited

“Puppy Mill Awareness Day. ” Puppy Mill Awareness Day. N. p. , n. d. Web. 20 Sept. 2012. .
“Puppy Mills : The Humane Society of the United States. ” Puppy Mills : The Humane Society of the United States. N. p. , n. d. Web. 20 Sept. 2012.
. “Puppy Mills Are Cruel. ” Nopetstorepuppies. com. N. p. , n. d. Web. 20 Sept. 2012.
. “Puppy Mills. ” ASPCA. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, n. d. Web. 20 Sept. 2012.
. “Shocking Conditions In Puppy Mills. ” Shocking Conditions In Puppy Mills. N. p. , n. d. Web. 20 Sept. 2012. .


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