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  The Stench of Profit
by Mr. Ed
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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“We hope the findings from our investigations

Will help educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills,

And will result in an ultimate solution to this very serious problem;

The end of selling puppies in pet stores, and the closing of puppy mills.”

 

Bob Baker, Investigator,

ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Initiatives

 

 

The stench in this place is horrendous

Urine, feces, and flies, are on all sides

Canines are forced to live in these conditions

Their puppies, trucked to pet stores nationwide

 

Row upon row of these tiny, filthy cages

‘Breeder Bitch’ females, are kept barely alive

So breeders and pet stores can make huge profits

And Americans can buy a pup at the mall with pride

 

Approximately one million pups are produced yearly

America’s leaders and its citizens, all turn a blind eye

As one who has seen, and taken in, ‘puppy mill discards’

Every horrendous new story, always makes me want to cry

 

 

 

“Of the one million puppies bred in puppy mills every year, about half go to pet stores. Puppies sold in pet stores are usually purchased by brokers, or middlemen, before being shipped out to pet stores, and are marketed as young as eight weeks of age,” says Baker. “Many others are sold directly to consumers, mostly over the Internet, allowing mills to bypass USDA regulations.”

Most puppy mills receive about $100 per puppy when sold to a broker. Therefore, in order to make a profit, these puppies must be produced at a very rapid rate. “The more money a puppy mill puts into the dogs’ housing, health, food, and other basic needs, the less profit they turn,” says Baker. “They produce as many puppies as they can, for as little money as possible. Poor nutrition, veterinary neglect, and incessant breeding, are rampant.”

After obtaining the puppies from these puppy mills, brokers sell them to pet stores for around $200. Pet stores turn around and sell these puppies to American consumers for upwards of $1,000.

It is estimated that there are at least 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S. today. “That’s about twice as many as in the mid-1990’s," says Baker, who has been investigating puppy mills since 1980.

Approximately 5,000 of these puppy farms sell directly to pet stores. Although puppy mills exist in nearly every state in America, many of them are concentrated in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, with the majority—about one-third—located in Missouri.

The remaining 5,000 puppy mills sell directly to consumers, via the Internet or through magazine ads. A loophole in the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) allows puppy mills that sell directly to the public to operate without a federal license, or even fear of inspection. Some states do have laws that regulate commercial dog breeding, but even with existing laws, enforcement is very sadly lacking.

Puppy mills selling directly to the public in states that do not regulate breeders are not accountable to anyone for their breeding, or for their care standards. Becoming increasingly more popular today, puppy mills that sell directly to the public tend to be located in the states of Arkansas, Texas, Colorado, and Florida.

The typical puppy mill houses hundreds of dogs in cramped, filthy, unsanitary conditions. Females in these facilities are forced to begin breeding at their first heat cycle, which can begin as early as eight to nine months of age. After this point, they are bred, heat cycle after heat cycle, with little or no recovery time between litters. This leads to reproductive disease and grave illness.

 

And these breeder females are shot, beaten to death, or just dumped somewhere, when their reproduction rates decline. The parents of the cute puppy in the pet store that far too many Americans still prefer to buy will most likely never make it out of their puppy mill alive. And even if they do, they are far too often, far too sick, to save.

 

 

Please Read My ‘A Before and After Dog Story’ Poem;

Please Adopt Your Next Dog, From a Humane Society;

Please Contact the Elected Representatives in Your State;

Please Help Us Finally End, This Truly Horrendous Cruelty.

 

 

©2009, Mr. Ed
  
Puppy Scams & Cons


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Reviewed by Alexandra Midnight 7/8/2009
Puppy mills truly are a horrendous thing.I dont see why pet stores and people cant buy their dogs from responsible breeders or adopt. Its not harmful to animals and that way everyone can be happy, except the puppy mill owners.
AM
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 7/3/2009
good informative write-my heart goes out to these poor creatures
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 7/2/2009
ED - THANKS FOR INFO ...

Last year, my Lady-Friend paid $500. to a pet store for a cute supposedly 'pure-bred' puppy.
In less than a week - said puppy was DEAD!

Store owner denied any liability ... because of your prior info, I had warned her, but she didn't listen ...

"If you don't listen you have to feel!"

TK.
Reviewed by L. Figgins 7/1/2009
They just closed down another one here, Ed. The dogs removed were barely alive and are receiving treatment and will be adopted out to loving homes. God, where is our humanity?! "The Almighty Dollar" is apt coinage. PLEASE BUY FROM A REPUTABLE PRIVATE BREEDER IF YOU MUST HAVE A REGISTERED PET. VISIT THE PREMISES WHEN YOU BUY. ADOPT FROM THE HUMANE SOCIETY IF YOU WANT A LOVING PET WHO WILL GIVE YOU MOUNTAINS OF LOVE IN RETURN. PUT THE WORD OUT ABOUT PUPPY MILLS. Thank you, ED. Bless you...

Lin
Reviewed by K. Mulroney 6/30/2009
I hope this helps ED... We bought a Rottie puppy for $800.00 from PETLAND. We knew that he came from a mill but could not leave him there, so we got the price down from 1500.00 to 800.00. He was 8 weeks old and had been there THEY said two weeks. TWO WEEKS! He was taken from his mother at 6 weeks old!! He had a runny nose and watery eyes and they said he had a cold. We knew he was sick and it was no cold. We got him home and within 24 hours he had given our other 4 Rotties kennel cough. We paid a mobile vet 400.00 to come to our home and give them medicine so we would take no chances infecting other dogs at the vet. This almost broke us.

We named him Butkus. Little Butkus was a spit fire and a pure joy but one day at 9 months old, he went outside and just fell over dead. We did cpr for over an hour but could not bring him back. I let out a mournful cry that I still hear in my sleep sometimes. Like a mother who has lost her child. OIt has been nine years and we STILL have not received his AKC papers. PETLAND did not give a damn, told us to sue them and get out of their store. PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM PET STORES SELLING PUPPIES. SIGN PETITIONS, BUG YOUR REPRESENTATIVES. Go to the ASPCA or HUMANE SOCIETY web sites, they have these petitions and emails you can send thru them. Don't hear your own heart broken scream in the night as you old your dead puppy in your arms.

Please.

Thanks Ed.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 6/30/2009
wow...every time I think of puppy mills...I just cry...and this photo breaks my heart..they need to be stopped..and the ones behind it are the ones that need to be put behind bars...they deserve it ...not these innocent animals.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 6/30/2009
All are creatures of God, I hope He doesn't misplace that "breeders" black book of His.

Georg

Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 6/30/2009
Pork Pie was a breeder that we rescued from a shelter. She had been returned to the shelter once. She is still very nervous about being left alone, or getting in situations where she thinks she might be given away....again. But otherwise happy, smart and fiesty. Just ask Rufuz. Puppy millers should be jailed.
Reviewed by Lori Moore 6/30/2009
Puppy mill owners such as these should be locked up next to rapists.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/30/2009
Sickening and sad to think that this goes on and on regardless of the outcry, regardless of the education of the public...just so sad.

Fee
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/30/2009
The statistics are a travesty! Sadly we humans have far too much to answer for,and we're running out of time to do something.Excellent as always Ed...

Love,
TL
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 6/30/2009
Dear Ed,

When we adopt those truly in need we will put an end to places that operate out of greed. Thanks again for being a voice for the voiceless.

Love & Light always and in all ways,
Joseph
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/30/2009
Tragic, Ed, all in the name of money and greed - they don't care about the puppies (or kitties) - sad. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/30/2009
A sad state of affairs that again says how disgusting some humans treat other species on this planet...Ed
Reviewed by Ray { The Great Canadian Buzzard } 6/30/2009
Sad write indeed, unfortunately everything has become all about the all mighty dollar
Thanks for sharing this Ed
Have a good day
The Buzzard
Reviewed by Rojob Khan 6/30/2009
I liked it. check mine also.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/30/2009
No animal should have to be subjected to this kind of horror; they deserve much better! Heartbreaking but necessary write; keep on infomring and educating, and keep on caring for our animal friends! God bless you, Ed; powerfully penned!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( >tears! <

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