Are puppy mills illegal in the United States?
It’s important to know that, in many cases, puppy mills are not illegal. In most states, a breeding kennel can legally keep dozens, even hundreds, of dogs in cages for their entire lives, as long as the dogs are given the basics of food, water and shelter.
Are puppy mills illegal in Alabama?
Some states have passed laws to regulate the acquisition of puppies and kittens from animal mills, and some communities have done the same – at least two cities here in Alabama have ordinances to ban the sale of commercially bred pets in retail pet stores.
Does PetSmart use puppy mills?
Neither store stocks puppies or kittens, so, no they don’t stock animals from puppy mills. The dogs and cats available there are from local rescue groups and that’s wonderful. PetSmart doesn’t sell puppies or adult dogs at all. They contract with shelters and rescue groups to come to our stores and adopt out animals.
How many dogs are killed in puppy mills?
Over 2 million puppies bred in mills each year. An estimated 1.2 million dogs are euthanized in shelters every year.
What 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.
How do puppy mills kill their 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.”