View the world through the eyes of Hudson. His objective of this blog is to educate the public by trying to teach them not to buy a dog through a puppy mill. Don't buy a dog before you see where his parents live and how they are treated. Better yet ADOPT through a rescue or shelter and know you've done a good deed by saving a dog's life !!!
Monday, May 4, 2015
The Horrible Hundred 2015: Puppy Mills Exposed .....
May 4, 2015
The Horrible Hundred 2015: Puppy Mills Exposed
If you buy a dog online or from a pet store, you are likely supporting these businesses—or ones like them
Dogs found in substandard and overcrowded conditions at Mary Foster and Cathy Griesbauer’s Country Pets in Montgomery City, Mo. The facility is believed to be one of the largest puppy mills in the United States. Photo by USDA (2011)
Consumers keep buying, so puppy mills keep breeding. This year’s report shows that puppy mills are still a pervasive problem in the United States. Our report describes terrible conditions that state or USDA inspectors personally witnessed, including a mother and her days-old puppies found in a dirt hole; a breeder who performed DIY ear crops and tail docking without veterinary training; and many breeders who casually describe “euthanizing” unwanted dogs with a gunshot to the head.
Most of the listed puppy mills operate under names intended to lull consumers into a false sense of security—“Country Pets,” “Barb’s Pups,” “Kuddly Kritters Kennel,” “Heaven’s Blessings,” and even “In God’s Hands Kennel,” where dogs were found living in feces with frozen water in their bowls. There is one bright spot, however: at least two-dozen puppy mills identified in the last two reports are no longer operating.
Unfortunately, when it comes to bad breeders, this report is not and cannot be comprehensive. It is merely a small, yet representative sampling of the puppy mills in the United States—and a reminder not to be fooled by a cute name, a USDA license or registration papers. No matter what the sellers say, when it comes to breeders who sell online, to pet stores or at flea markets, puppy mills are not the exception. They are almost always the rule.
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