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The Puppy Mills Industry

Added by: Hila Hadar
What is a Puppy mil?
Puppy Mills are "kennels" that produce purebred dogs, some of them with pedigree and some of them are not.

What is a Puppy mil?
Puppy Mills are "kennels" that produce purebred dogs, some of them with pedigree and some of them are not.

The Puppy Mills is to earn money from the puppies.
Their guideline is maximum puppies in minimum expenses.
The puppies that were born at the Puppy Mills arrive to the public in many ways: direct marketing through the internet or newspaper ads, selling to fostering families that keep them until they find new owners and selling to pet shops that selling the puppies in more money.

In this time, from the birth until the moment the puppy arrives to the client the puppies are kept in low conditions, fed by low quality and little amount of food and they are fool of parasites and diseases.

The whelping females are kept in cages without human intervention and they conceive every 6 month almost all their life.
The female don't get any rest between the litters and they are fed in a low quality food.

Usually, after the female get old or they are not capable of whelping anymore, they are put to death of dumped far away from the Puppy Mill.

The puppy mills also produce puppies with pedigree, in some countries in Europe the local kennel club does not produces pedigrees to a litter of a female that whelped less then 10 month after her previous one.
The easy different between a Puppy Mill and a responsible breeder is that they are litters with and without pedigrees from the same female and sometimes from the same male.

The puppies from the Puppy Mills suffer from the poor conditions and the low quality.
Most of the time the public has no access and the selling is made when the costumer has no rights to see the litter and the female.

Some of the Puppy Mills even suggest to personally bring the puppy to the customer as a "good service" when the truth is keeping the customer from the horror-the Puppy Mill itself.

If somebody actually got into a Puppy Mill he probably saw:
A huge number of dogs, dozens, most of them are females and the rest are male that are kept in tiny crowded cages.
Some of the cages are above other cages and some of the dogs never been on the ground in their life.
The whelping females are slim, blasted and exhausted; all the dogs are infected by flies and ticks.
The dog's secretions are barely cleaned up and the stink is unbearable and the flies are flying around.
Most of the puppies are frightened because of lack of human's attention.
Part of the puppies has trouble to nurse from the mother and most of them die from malnutrition.
Other Puppy Mills keep all the dogs in a big yard, and it's not possible o know who is the sire of any litter.
Wick dogs are in malnutrition because the stronger dogs don't allow them to eat, from time to time puppies are killed by adult dogs.    
Why shouldn't you buy a puppy from a Puppy Mill?
If the description about the Puppy Mill above isn't enough for some people, those people should remember that puppy purchase from a Puppy Mill will cause him anguish too.
The probability of genetic diseases is very high in Puppy Mills.
The Puppy Mill owner doesn't bother to buy dogs for new blood lines for the "kennel" and instead, the whelping female were born at the "kennel" itself and so the stud males.
Because of the close genetic substance between the dogs in the Puppy Mills, most of the genetic diseases will appear only in a late stage in the dog's life and will cause to him and his owner a lot of pain.
The hard sanitary condition in the Puppy Mills bring with them infections and illnesses.
A person can buy a dog that looks perfectly healthy but the dog has a dormant virus that will burst some days of even weeks later and could cause a lot of distress and enormous costs at the vet, and of course suffering puppy.
As a rule, it's important to remember that buying puppy from a Puppy Mill can be cheaper than a puppy from an excellent kennel-but it will cost you more in the future.

How to recognize a Puppy Mill?
-First of all, a responsible breeder will never sell one of his puppies to a pet shop.
Each puppy that is been sold in pet shop is an always a refugee from a Puppy Mill.
A responsible breeder will always want to know how the puppy buyer is, the breeder will interview the puppy buyer about his experience with puppies, about the conditions he will give to the new puppy, about the money expenses for the puppy and more.

In a pet shop they will never ask those questions, all you need to buy a puppy there is money.
-The same issue about the traders that bought puppies from a kennel and sold them to the public.
There is no way that a responsible breeder won't be interested with his puppy and where he will live.
Traders and pet shop sellers that will tell you stories about dogs from a fancy kennel in your country and from Europe that are offspring of well known champions are certified liars.
-Already when you'll talk on the phone with the seller you can see what are his intentions.
A real breeder will start to interview you before he'll tell you the price of a puppy to understand the buyer's background.
If the seller is to enthusiastic to sell you the puppy and doesn't ask informative questions about the buyer's intentions, maybe interested with the money and not the puppy's future.
-Demand to see the mother and the kennel, if the seller refuses, he might has something to hide.
-In the kennel itself you need to check the condition of the puppies.
Are they were born and lived inside the house? Or in a cage outside? Are the puppies are frightened? How the mother looks like? Is she slim and exhausted of is she in good shape? Is the father in the kennel? Puppies that were born in a cage or in a barn will suffer from fears from people that can lead to aggressions, anxieties from instruments like vacuum cleaner and hysteria from noises and voices of cars.
About the father, in the classic pedigreed canine the father usually belongs to another breeder and not the breeder of the puppies.
In some cases, the present of the father at the same place where the mother and the puppies are-not a good sign.
-Another bad sign is a large variety of puppies in the same kennel.
Number of litter of the same breed or number of litters of different breed smells bad.
A responsible breeder makes efforts to one litter each time because that good breeding of a litter steals time and resources.
-Don't be shy and ask which food the mother and the puppies eat? If the seller saves money on high quality food, it's a sign that the "kennel" is a Puppy Mill.
-This is the place to say that a dog without a pedigree in not a purebred dog. A pedigree costs dozens of money and it's fair to decide that if a dog didn't get a pedigree their most be a good reason for that.
-Even imported dog can come from Puppy Mills.
Breeders with pedigreed dogs are much quested and they don't need to sell their puppies for less then 1000 $\€ each to a trader.

What can we do about it?
Simply, do not buy puppies from Puppy Mill or from people that sells puppies from those Puppy Mills like pet shops, traders, internet websites etc.
It's really important to talk to your friends and family about this subject, especially to the people that thinking to add a new dog for their family and explain to them why they shouldn't buy puppies from Puppy Mills and how to recognize a puppy that came from a Puppy Mill.
If somebody isn't interested in a purebred dog, he can adopt a dog from a shelter.
If somebody is interested in a purebred dog, he should only buy from a responsible and serious breeder, even if the price is higher.
Any move that will insert money to the Puppy Mills owners will encourage them to keep making puppies.
Any way, if there is a doubt, you can to consult with people in your kennel club, with the specific breed's coordinator and with some breeders of the breed that you are interested with.





 3 puppies that were born in a Puppy Mill, as you can see, all the 3 puppies are in one cage that is suitable for one dog.

 An example of the cages in a Puppy Mill

A Bloodhound bitch in a cage, here you can see a huge pile of stool 

A Bloodhound bitch and a Beagle puppy in a cage, you can see the pile of stool on the cage's floor  





 A Corgi bitch with her puppies, you can see here that both the mother and the puppies are in a small cage

On the left- a Dalmatian bitch sitting on the water bowl
On the right- a Bloodhound bitch

 A Labrador bitch in a cage, in the photo you can see how her nipples are swollen because of the multiple litters that she had


Hlasovat pro novinku:  

   Richard brophy 15.10.2008 14:57
Good article, but phot0's to small
Maybe you shoul see if they can be enlarged when people cick on them to see the detail?

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