Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Puppy mills

Someone asked me if I want to buy a new dog. I asked the man where the dog came from and asked if he can show me some papers. He wasn’t able to produce any papers or identification so I declined his offer. I worry about the puppy. I bet it came from puppy mills.

What are Puppy mills? It is a breeding facility that produces purebred puppies in large numbers and the puppies are usually sold either directly to the public via the Internet, ads, at the mill itself. There are some people pet shops that sell puppies from Puppy mills.

If you are thinking of buying a new dog read first about this information. Over breeding, inbreeding, minimal veterinary care, poor quality of food and shelter, lack of socialization with humans, overcrowded cages, and the killing of unwanted animals; these are just few of the problems with puppy mills. Dogs that came from puppy mills usually need of immediate health and veterinary problems, worst some of the puppies have genetically borne diseases that do not appear until years later.

Dogs are forces to live in puppy mills just for the sake of producing more puppies and once their reproductive capacity declines they are killed. Puppy mills should be stopped and such activities shouldn’t be tolerated! If you know any puppy mills that do such activities report it to USDA or The United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA is in charged of enforcing AWA or Animal Welfare Act to those puppy mills that violates the AWA law.