puppies from puppy mills?

I know puppy mills are HORRiBLE, so why don’t people buy puppies from them, take care of them, and report the person that has the puppy mill? I’d feel bad for the puppy.
Thanks guys, I didn’t really think about that. So if you don’t buy the puppies, they’ll most likely stop?

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  • I’ve recently rescued a Yorkie that was abused & used as a puppy machine, having litter after litter of puppies in a puppy mill for YEARS.

    When we adopted her through a shelter they said she was 6 years old since then 2 different vets have said that she’s either about 8 or possibly as old as 12 years… it’s impossible to tell b/c she’d been so poorly looked after. Vets age dogs by the condition of their teeth. Pixie only has 6 left. She could conceivably have spent 12 years locked in a cage standing in her own filth on a metal grid floor. She may have pumped out more than 20 litters of puppies to feed the petstore industry.

    She was rescued from somewhere in South Dakota last June & was brought to Canada by a shelter organization. Some days I wish I knew exactly where she came from so I could understand exactly how bad it was there. (I hope that maybe it wasn’t one of the worst ones. Maybe my dog saw the sun & the sky. Maybe the area she was held in was climate controlled in some way. Maybe it wasn’t sweltering in the summer or freezing cold in the winter. Maybe she wasn’t caged the whole time.) Other days I’m glad I don’t have to fully know what she might have been through.

    South Dakota to Canada is a long way for a scrawny little undernourished 4 lb dog with no tail (b/c it was docked off completely), benign mammary tumors & mostly rotten teeth to go to find love. Her sister had advanced cancer when the rescue took place & died on the way here.

    In the course of the last 5 months I’ve gently house trained her & taught her how to behave as a "pet" (using some of the same positive reinforcing techniques you’d use with children.) I’ve taught her that walking on grass in a safely fenced yard isn’t torture, it’s freedom. I’ve shown her how to walk on a leash, that crossing the street isn’t scary, & I’ve seen her excitement the first times we went to the dog park & I let her off the leash to play with the other pups there. I shared in her triumph when after nearly 4 months she trusted us enough that she overcame her fear of crossing over the threshold of the doorway on her own to come back into the house after being outside.

    I’ve watched as her demeanor has changed from trembling with her ears held flat against her head in terror when anyone approached her to seeing her wandering around during my daughter’s 3rd birthday party last weekend with her ears up – inquisitive and liberally tossing out beseeching looks to get little gifts of chicken appetizers from our guests.

    Pixie is grateful every night when she’s curled up with me amidst the cozy pillows on my down comforter after her all-you-can-eat buffet of Performatrin kibbles, Ceasar slices & all the choicest bits of various other little treats I sneak her way. She’s clearly happy to have spent the day in a warm house instead of locked in a filthy cage. To have slurped up some fresh water from a clean bowl whenever she felt like it.

    She was rescued from the scum of the earth that was likely treating her indescribably poorly before God put us on the same path & we found each other. I haven’t known her long & because she doesn’t have a tail to wag it wasn’t immediately & blatently obvious, but I can see it in her eyes and the jaunty tilt of her head that she’s glad we did.

    Small dogs are hard to find in shelters here. After waiting years to add a dog to our family I nearly got a sweet little Chorkie (Chihuahua Yorkie cross) pup from a Petstore a year ago, but something in my heart made me wait. I didn’t know at the time how bad the puppy mill situation REALLY was. I came across Pixie’s adoption details on a local buy/sell webpage b/c a friend had recently bought a dog using it. After contacting the shelter (that I’d never even heard of previously) I found out that she was a puppy mill dog. I started trying to find out more about what that could potentially mean in terms of her health and socialization. I’m a researcher by trade so I did a lot of research. I read MANY pages online and I’ve watched the whole Oprah puppy mill episode on YouTube (during which I cried over the miserable plight of these dogs.) I didn’t want a neurotic "problem pet". The things I read and saw were nearly enough to dissuade me from pursuing the adoption. Fortunately the picture of this little pup on the shelter’s page kept enticing me back.

    We all have to spread the word about puppy mills. Don’t let other people unknowingly make the mistake of getting a cute pup from a petstore without knowing that those dogs came from a terrified, poorly looked after mother somewhere. Sign a petition if you ever hear of one or maybe start one yourself to tell the governement that this abhorrant treatment of animals needs to stop. If you’re looking for a dog in your life consider going to a shelter.

  • Because, inherently, people look the other way when they want something. If you want a puggle, you look the other way. If you’re really against puppy mills, you shy away from getting a puggle.

  • Because if you BUY the puppies, you’re paying money to the mill. You may save one puppy, but it perpetuates the cycle and hurts more dogs in the long run.

    It’s better to make cruelty complaints and try to get the authorities to bust the mills. If that happens, you can adopt a former puppy mill dog from humane services or the pound, and still help without giving money to the industry.

    Paying money to puppymills supports cruelty, regardless of the intentions behind it.

  • The reason you don’t buy from puppy mills is you are giving them more money to stay in business…plus the health risks that the puppies have been genetically and environmentally exposed too could mean a life time of illness, disease, or shortened life. Feel bad for them, and get the Mill’s shut down.

  • You should not buy a puppy from them ever. That just gives them more $ to continue torturing dogs. The sad fact is, many of these mills are not violating the laws if they provide the minimum necessary care for the dogs, even though the manner in which they operate is morally repugnant. If you have encountered one that is not providing acceptable care, report them. The authorities will check it out and if they are shut down, the dogs will be put up for adoption at the local shelter and can find new homes that way. The only way to shut down mills that are not technically violating laws is for everyone to stop buying from them. Then no $= no profit= they go out of business.

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