How many puppies are in a puppy mill?
About Puppy Mills. There are an estimated 10,000 puppy mills in the United States (this includes both licensed and unlicensed facilities). Over 2 million puppies bred in mills each year. An estimated 1.2 million dogs are euthanized in shelters every year.
Why are puppy mills bad?
Horrific conditions, poor genetics, early weaning and stress can cause puppy mill puppies to develop serious health and behavioral problems that are expensive and difficult to treat. Even worse, pet stores often make false “no puppy mill” promises or claim to have “zero tolerance” for cruel breeding.
Do puppy mills kill dogs?
Death is all too common on puppy mills. Many sick and untreated dogs die in their cages. Because they no longer profitable, puppy mill owners kill them. “They do it themselves, often on their property, by starving, drowning, shooting, beating, or burying the dogs alive.”
How are dogs bred in puppy mills?
A puppy mill is a commercial dog-breeding facility that focuses on increasing profit with little overhead cost. In puppy mills, dogs can spend most of their lives in cramped cages, with no room to play or exercise. Often times, the water and food provided for the puppies is contaminated, crawling with bugs.
What do puppy mills do with unsold puppies?
“The pet stores put the puppy on sale and keep reducing the price until they sell. They may also send them to a different store where they might sell better.” The price dropping will continue until the puppy either gets sold or grows to a point that the store feels it must cut its losses.
Which state has the most puppy mills?
According to the Humane Society’s “Horrible Hundred” report, Missouri has at least 23 puppy mills with previous violations, followed by Ohio with 13, Iowa with 10 and Pennsylvania with 9. Other states with more than five breeders are Kansas, Wisconsin, Nebraska and New York.