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Q: What is a puppy mill?

February 28, 2009 | By Rebecca L. | 13 answers | Expired: 2048 days ago

Rebecca L.

I know their bad but what are they.

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Jewel L.
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Mar 08, 2009

Facilities that mass produce puppies for sale to individuals or for pet stores throughout the country as well as foreign markets. These animals are imprisoned in small cramped crates, often soiled w/ their own excrement, breeding litter after litter till they can no longer produce.

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Diane H.
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Mar 05, 2009

Check out www.hsus.org or www.bestfriends.org for more information.

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Cyf
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Cyf

Mar 01, 2009

A puppy mill is not a legitmate breeding operation that cares about the quality of the pups they produce, just how many and what the latest (biggest) sellers are. The owners are not concerned with building a reputation as great breeders because they are not dedicated to improving any breed, rather they breed to produce a pup that will sell for the most money. Usually the flavor of the day cross breed where parents are not checked for flaws in genetics, temperament or conformation.
You take huge chances, you support (often) unclean and inhumane conditions.
Buy from a reputable breeder, or a humane society. Save a life rather than contribute to bringing more into a miserable existence!

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Helen A.
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Mar 01, 2009

Puppy mills are ran by people who are in it for the money and that is it. The dogs are kept in terrible, unsanitary conditions, and bitches are bred continually every heat cycle without a break. The results are sickly puppies that are sold through pet stores or the internet.

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debbie l.
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Mar 01, 2009

Puppy mills are the usually the most inhumane places that breed dogs.I've seen many of them on animal cops on animal planet.This one couple had a puppy mill and all the breeding dogs lived in small cages. Most had never been outside or even seen grass or the sun. There were no windows in the building they were kept in. Most of them were sick. They raided the place and rescued all of the dogs.They had been living in their own feces all this time. No water bowls no food bowls. No nothing. These people had the nerve to say that's our only income. Well I thought too d n bad for you. All these breeders are in it for is the money. They'll let a female dog just keep having litter afterlitter of puppies. They sell them to pet stores mainly. Oprah Winfry is doing alot to bust these puppy mills. And alot of them have been shut down already. It's sickening to think of these animals being tortured like they are. Never buy a pet from a pet store.Adopt one from a shelter or if you do want a pure bred ask the shelters for information on respectable breeders.

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RemarkablySpecial
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Mar 01, 2009

It is a place (often listed as a "kennel" with the town it is in)that breeds puppies (usually purebreds, although sometimes popular mixes such as cock-a-poos) for sale in pet stores and now (I would assume) on the internet. The female dogs live in small cages their whole lives, getting minimal care, food & water, and are bred each time they go into heat, usually producing two or more litters per year. The studs (sires) are usually kept under the same conditions. As if that is not bad enough, puppies are born into this environment, raised in filth (which makes them difficult to housebreak) and poorly socialized. They are then shipped (often under minimum age) to pet stores where they sometimes become ill and die, often AFTER they have been purchased by uneducated consumers. There AKC registration papers have been known to be forged as well.

The puppies being poorly socialized make poor pets, are hard to housebreak and often have genetic temperament and physical issues.

What most people don't know it that many farmers (check any pet store puppy's papers) in the mid-west consider them "a cash crop" that can be grown in an empty barn, shed, garage etc. The sad fact (dark secret) is that somne of the Amish of Lancaster Co. PA also run puppy mills.

If you want a purebred dog, buy from a local breeder who shows their dogs and has them temperament tested, and tested for genetic disorders such as hip dysplasia. If you want to consider a rescue dog, plenty of purebreds end up in shelters (usually by-products of puppy mills that their owners couldn't deal with) and most breeds have rescue groups to rehome individuals of the breed they love. The next worse thing to a puppy mill is a back yard breeder who owns a purebred whom they think is just wonderful and/or they want to make their money back on its' purchase price so they decide to have a litter of puppies. These "breeders" have no idea if their dog has an genetic problems or even if its' temperament is such that it should be bred. They only know that they love rover and she'd sure have some nice puppies.

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Tammy C.
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Mar 01, 2009

If you can bear to see them seach puppy mills on you tube and see what they do for your self. I warn you though some footage is pretty horrible.

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Dogpoop2009
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Mar 01, 2009

Horrible places that should all be closed down.
Courtney and Laura summed it up well.

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Courtney H.
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Mar 01, 2009

Puppy Mills are breeders that Mass produce puppies without any concern for the well being of the animals,health screening and are often over crowded and neglected.
Puppy Mills are all about the money.

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Jessica & Matthew F.
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Feb 28, 2009

Most times the puppy mills negolict there pets, and have way to many to even take care of them all.. Dog operations.

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