Animal Cruelty blog
A puppy mill is usually a group or establishment that mass produces/breeds dogs. The dogs that come from puppy mills are sold to outside distributors. Puppy mills are different than small families or groups who breed dogs. The difference is that the small groups aren’t breeding them as rapidly and they are looking after each puppy with care. The owners of puppy mills are invested into it usually only for money, they don’t care about the well-being of the dog.
Puppy Mills appeared in the U.S. after World War II. Farmers took them is an opportunity for farmers to make money while agriculture was down. Pet store owners began to realize that by having puppies available to purchase in their stores brought in more people and more money. This caused Pet stores to continuously turn to farmers for their puppies. With such a rapid increase in demand, puppies began being bred and raised in facilities that were very low maintenance. It started in the 1940s and we still see dogs being raised in this awful establishments.
There is no legal definition of a puppy mill, but the ASPCA defines them as any commercial breeding facility that puts profit ahead of the wellbeing of the dog. Most dogs in these places end up living not nearly as long as other dogs and usually develop many health problems. A lot of times, dogs are kept in overcrowded areas with small cages stacked on top of each other. The wire flooring of these cages/areas can be harmful to their paws. Females are usually bred every heat cycle to produce as many puppies as possible.
I think puppy mills are awful, because these facilities that they keep the dog in are detrimental to the puppies. It wouldn’t be so bad if the people that own these places actually cared for the dogs, but most of them just look at each puppy as a dollar sign. The more puppies they breed, the more money they make. That is why the wellbeing of the dogs are pushed aside, so the owners can make more money. The next time you think about buying a puppy from your local pet store, make sure that the dog isn’t coming from a puppy mill.
9/11/2016 - Blog Post 2