Q: Puppy mills
Can anyone explain to me what's a puppy mill? Please remember that am not american. Thanks! Rute
Mar 01, 2009
Where I live in Oklahoma there are many puppy mills. And the right answer is:
A typical puppy mill is usually a small building like a pole barn where wire cages are stacked three high ... and each cage will have a pregnant or nursing female dog. The females are out of those cages only to be bred with a male. In some puppy mills the males are caged also, but others just keep the males penned in small outside enclosures. The females are kept pregnant as often as possible, and are impregnated every heat, including their first heat.
The female outlives her usefulness usually at about 3 - 4 years old ... when she will either begin having smaller litters, or will fail to get pregnant a couple heats in a row.
Puppy mill dogs get no veterinary attention, are fed the cheapest food in minimal amounts, and are often without water days at a time.
Many puppy mills have contracts with pet stores, but today most sell their pups on the internet or in parking lots like WalMart.
Puppy mill dogs are not always true to breed, and are often inbred to a degree where there are genetic problems in a higher incidence rate than is normal ... as in dysplasia in German Shepherds.
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Mar 01, 2009
Puppy mills are places where people breed dogs in unsanitary and inhumane conditions. They keep the puppies trapped in small cages that are not cleaned properly, and they do not provide the proper medical care to the pups or the mothers. Often the mother dogs are bred over and over again and are never allowed out of their cages. They get no human love. Puppy mill owners are not animal lovers; they see the puppies only as a means to make money. They sell the puppies quite often to pet stores, such as the ones you'll find in most malls in the U.S.A.
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