WHAT IS A PUPPY MILL?
Puppy mills are usually large-scale commercial breeding operations. Profit is always more important than the health and welfare of the dogs or puppies. Often, the females are bred before they’ve recovered from their previous litter. Mostly, puppy mills sell their puppies to pet shops, without any regard to the health of the puppies. The lineage records of the puppies are usually falsified, and people end up getting sick puppies. Once the females can no longer produce puppies, they are usually shot, or killed in some other inhumane manner.
COMMON HEALTH PROBLEMS WITH PUPPIES OBTAINED FROM A PUPPY MILL
Because the breeding dogs in puppy mills are not given proper veterinary care, their puppies are prone to hereditary conditions such as epilepsy, kidney disease, and hip dysplasia. Heart disease, and eye problems are also very common.
WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER BUY A PUPPY ONLINE – According to the ASPCA
For starters, buying a puppy online often supports puppy mills. Internet puppy scammers attract potential buyers with cute photos and phony promises. You may end up with a puppy that is not the puppy you agreed to buy. Sometimes people will post ‘free to good home’ ads, and you end up getting a sick puppy, or it may just be getting too old to sell in a pet shop.
BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS WITH PUPPY MILL DOGS
Fearful behavior and lack of social skills are prime indicators that your puppy came from a puppy mill. These puppies are never given any interaction with people. Puppies are usually taken from their mothers at 6 weeks of age. This deprives them of having interactions with their litter mates, making them fearful, or even aggressive of other animals. Extreme shyness, fear, aggression and anxiety are examples of puppy mill behavioral problems.
HOW TO AVOID BEING SCAMMED
Make sure you meet the puppy in person before agreeing to buy it, and always try to visit the kennel or home where the puppy is being kept. Do not meet the seller at a random location. Check references from the vet the breeder deals with. If you are told that there are no refunds for a sick puppy, you’re definitely dealing with a puppy mill breeder. Reputable breeders will always take a puppy back, no matter what the reason is.
- Adoption should always be your first option.
- Adopt/Don’t Shop!
- It is thought that there are over 10,000 puppy mills in the United States.
- No one knows the exact number, because there are so many that are not licensed.
- The biggest puppy mill dog rescue that I’ve been able to locate is the National Mill Dog Rescue.
- They rescue, rehabilitate and re-home discarded breeding dogs from puppy mills.
- To date, they have rescued more than 10,500 dogs.
- 10 signs that your puppy is from a puppy mill
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