There are countless puppies worldwide suffering from the horrors of puppy mills, from the unsanitary conditions to the lack of veterinary care. Puppy mills have been around since after WWII, and with so many animals in animal shelters, waiting for a home, it’s time that they finally come to an end once and for all!
There’s only one thing that puppy mill owners care about: maximizing their profits. To do so, they breed as many puppies in as little time possible, cutting corners to make breeding as cheap as they can. This results in poor conditions including cramped, filthy cages, poor veterinary care and malnutrition.
Female dogs are bred nonstop, even when they’re sick, injured, tired and known to have a genetic trait that may be harmful to her puppies. When she can no longer have another litter, no effort is made to find her a home. Instead, she is considered “useless” and either abandoned or killed!
Mother dogs spend their entire lives in confinement, being kept in cramped, stacked, wired crates or in outdoor pens that are subjected to harsh weather. Others are chained to trees where they continuously live on the same patch of grass and dirt. Investigations have shown that they aren’t even given bedding to shelter them from the heat and cold.
Breeding dogs don’t regularly go to the vet, not for check-ups nor vaccinations. They don’t even go to the vet when they’re sick! Neither are they bathed nor have their nails cut, resulting in overgrown nails that make it painful for them to walk and even stand.
The unsanitary conditions for mother dogs and their litters results in a wide range of health problems for puppies, ranging from parasites to pneumonia. These puppies are then shipped to pet stores where they are sold anyways. Genetic disorders also lead to expensive veterinary care for owners, which may lead puppies to be abandoned.
Since puppy mill owners only care about maximizing their profits, as soon as there’s a buyer, puppies are separated from their mothers. This results in fear, anxiety, and several other problems that can be difficult or even impossible to treat!
After the stressful situation of being separated from their mothers, puppies are shipped to pet stores, either by plane or by truck. Although there are a few standards on commercial breeding and transporting of puppies, they are not strongly enforced and there is no limit on the continuous hours puppies can be shipped nor how many puppies per vehicle. Furthermore, truck drivers don’t need any animal experience to transport puppies!
Puppy mills only care about their own profits, not the well-fare of their animals. There are so many animals at animal shelters looking for a home, so please do your part; adopt, don't shop!
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