Where did that doggie in the window come from?
A puppy mill, where else?
Pet store employees will tell you anything to sell a puppy at
their inflated prices. But they won't tell you that a lot of
- Are inbred
- Carry falsified AKC registration papers
- Do NOT meet the breed standard
- Carry preventable genetic defects
By buying a dog from a pet shop, you are sentencing its
parents to a life in the hell of a puppy mill. Pet shop workers
will tell you "the dogs come from private breeders." This is
true, since any person who combines a male and female dog can be
called a "private breeder."
Don't just take our word for it! Go to your local nall pet
store or some of the other pet store chains that sell dogs and ask to see the papers where the parents came from.
You'll find that most dogs come from the same "breeder." Think
about it. What kind of moral person would produce litters upon
litters of various breeds of puppies solely for profit? Only a
puppy miller would.
Look up USDA inspection reports online, find out just how many dogs are bred by that
individual. Prove it to yourself that the pet stores are
supplied by puppy mills. It's very easy to do!
The AKC licenses the litters of puppy mills, as these are the
registry's largest source of income. It is simply a registry,
and makes no implications or guarantees about the health or
quality of the dog. A 3-legged, blind and deaf, mangy golden
retriever with inherited hip displasia could be registered by
the AKC, and would be 100% legal and legitimate. Dateline NBC
even registered a litter of kittens as AKC purebred puppies!
The AKC is a business, collecting money for registration of
dogs. AKC papers mean nothing about the breed, health, or
pedigree of the dog. No one from the AKC ever sees the dog, it's
all forms turned in by mail, much on the "honor system." So,
what good are these papers? None. It simply means someone filled
out a form and paid a fee to register the dog.
Like almost everything in life, puppy mills come in all
varieties: the not-so-bad, bad, and really bad. Dogs are
confined to cages or runs for their entire lives with only one
purpose--breeding. These dogs are never kindly touched by a
human, and many never see grass, blankets, or toys. The food
provided is of the lowest quality (cheapest). Shelter from the
elements is often minimal, and these dogs have obviously never
seen the inside of a house. The saddest thing is that much of
this is licensed and approved by the Department of Agriculture.
This department is also responsible for inspections, and
violations are rarely enforced. Why? There are over one thousand
puppy mills licensed in Missouri. Inspecting each one takes a
bit of effort and manpower, which the overworked department
lacks in Missouri! Then consider the illegal, unlicensed puppy
mills that the Department doesn't even know about.
So, when a pet store tells you that their puppies only come
from licensed and inspected breeders, they are technically
correct! These places are still puppy mills, no question about
Puppies are taken from their mother when they are 5 to 6
weeks old and sold to brokers who pack them in crates for resale
to pet stores all over the country. Almost half of the puppies
do not survive the trip. Puppy mills and pet stores maximize
their profits by not spending money on proper food, housing, or
veterinary care. It is very common for a mill dog's teeth to be
completely rotten out at six years of age! Once the breeding
female's body is so run down she cannot produce live puppies
anymore, she is of no more use to the miller. The mill owner
will then dispose of the dog (dumping, gunshot, drowning, etc),
since she is no longer an “effective producer.”
Money is the puppy millers' only concern! It's their livelihood!
Any dog that can reproduce is worth money and WILL be bred.
These people will breed dogs that are missing legs, teeth, eyes,
and ears. Sick dogs are bred, even if the disease will be
genetically or directly passed to the puppies.
This is a business, and all that matters is that the dogs can
produce live puppies to be sold.
Pet shops are supplied by puppy mills, no matter what they
say! Any ethical breeder will NOT sell to a pet shop. Period.
If you answer any newspaper ads, be cautious! If there are
many breeds offered, it is a “backyard breeder,” a small-scale
version of a puppy mill, often unlicensed and ILLEGAL. Do not
support these individuals by buying from them! They are simply
unlicensed puppy mills, and the dogs suffer just as much, if not
more! Truly conscientious breeders are very rare, so always be
skeptical of anyone trying to make a buck by advertising AKC
registered puppies in the paper.
Breeding dogs should not be for profit!
What can you do to help stop this cruelty?
Your most powerful weapon is your voice—tell people about this
The message must get out! It is only because of the public’s
unawareness that this sick business has been permitted to
Tell your friends: Boycott any store that sells
If the pet shop goes out of business, the puppy mill will have
one less place to sell their dogs, and will go out of business