“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