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Q: Isn't anything we can do to close puppy mills?

March 1, 2009 | By Rute T. | 14 answers | Expired: 1957 days ago

Rute T.

I'm horrified with the description of puppy mills. Why aren't they shut down? why do people allow this atrocity to continue?? It doesn't makes any sense to me...

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kaye m.
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Mar 09, 2009

I would like an answer to this question also. Seems that we could work though our animal shelters to get to thelegislators

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RICHARD V.
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Mar 08, 2009

The good old america dollar at work again. Some people will do anything to profit. The recourse is writing about the subject in local medium and finding out who to contact for legislation changes.

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Kash
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Mar 06, 2009

There are already plenty of laws that prevent the abuse of animals. Almost every city, town and state have numerous laws concerning the keeping and providing for animals. Most towns and counties have some type of animal control officers.

It's already illegal to abuse animals. It's already illegal to not provide medical care for your pets. It is a violation of the law to not provide food and water. Most municipalities already control how many animals one can own inside city limits.

When one discus's "puppy mills", one should speak in regards to specific animal breeders. Sure, certain unscrupulous breeders do fall into this category. They are eventually found out, and prosecuted under the existing animal cruelty laws.

Simply calling for legislation to outlaw "puppy mills" is about the same as asking for a law to stop "driving fast" when speeding laws already exist. It's easy to say "oh how horrible, we need to do something, let's push for another law". But in reality, there are already plenty of laws that prohibit these behaviors. If anything, more enforcement of existing laws needs to be done.

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Heidimae32
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Mar 05, 2009

There is nothing that can be done. People want puppies soo as long as they are available without all the hassel of getting one from humane societies people will still buy soory folks. There really isnt that much money in dogs, if you have bred them you would know its very expensive. The breeders that are not licensed should not be able to operate, these are the ones with horror stories. Most pet store puppies are from licensed kennels. There is no difference where you get your pup. What is important isthat when you get an animal you dont give it up. Pet owners are the reason we have shelters and rescue groups. If people did not have a place to dump there unwanted pets and were held accountable we wouldnt have so many to place.

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Wilma T.
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Mar 02, 2009

Energy, time, education, money are all needed. Everyone of us needs to go into a local pet store that sells "Pedigree" puppies and educate them on the atrocities of Puppy Mills. Information is available online with statistics, etc., that will help support what you say to them. Check with your local government, city councils and the like, go to meetings, get involved!

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Shannon W.
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Mar 02, 2009

Unfortunately there are not enough people willing to take the time and trouble to write, call or e-mail there Representatives and put pressure on them to change the laws.

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Kiko53
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Mar 01, 2009

I understand you are from Portugal, Rute. The problem with puppy mills is that they are a business, and the capitalists in this country do all they can to protect businesses from operating with the least restrictions as they can. That's the good ole USA for ya. :/

The best people who love animals can do is raise awareness by trying to stop the trade by boycotting where these puppies are sold.

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Catangel11
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Mar 01, 2009

People only have puppy mills to make money! There cruel horrible and selfish. The animals are locked up in a tight caige with phesies all over! Most dogs from pet stores are from puppy mills. If you even suspect a puppy mill, call your local spca or rescue. I also hate how people fight dogs they abuse them so they get mean pump them up with drugs and let them fight another animal! Its horrible and they always come out injured or dead. Also if they do get rescued 9/10 times they pet them down. I hate people that can do that to an animal and just for money!!!!!!

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carol  s.
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Mar 01, 2009

Hard to say it better than Caly, because I so whole heartedly believe it starts with us. Encourage and demand that that people adopt homeless and rescues, and until there are no more(isn't that a dream) of them.....no one should buy from a pet store or breeder

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Caly  L.
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Mar 01, 2009

I share your sentiments wholeheartedly. One thing we can do is stop buying dogs from stores (yet, those dogs need a home too, which causes conflict within me). If the focus goes to more rescue dogs, the owners of puppy mills will be forced to seek alternative methods to make their money. I think President Obama and his family adopting a rescue dog is a HUGE step in the right direction for our country. That in and of itself is bringing more awareness to our shelter dogs.

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