North Penn Puppy Mill Watch
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What Is A Puppy Mill?
puppy mill is a commercial canine breeding
operation whose sole purpose is to create inventory for pet stores
and the public across the nation. They are facilities where
profit is placed above the health and welfare of the dogs held hostage
for their puppies.
Throughout the hills and valleys of
Pennsylvania, thousands of puppy mills exist and operate for one
greed. It is estimated that many puppy mills earn in excess of half a
million dollars a year
annually and, rest assured, very little of this money is spent on the
dogs imprisoned at these facilities. Given the earnings potential it's
not surprising that many kennels continue to function even when the
day-to-day activities do not comply with the state and
federal governmental standards,
guidelines and laws. Brimming with widespread corruption and
fraudulent practices, both canines and consumers suffer at the expense
of the puppy mill industry - a network comprised of unscrupulous
breeders who continue to stoop to new lows to insure an
uninterrupted flow of income based upon a lack of conscience and a love
Frequently housed in small, cramped and filthy wire cages, the dogs
of the mills live lives of misery and are forced to produce litter
after litter in a
Pennsylvania climate that guarantees freezing cold winters and hot
sweltering summers. Supposedly operating under guidelines issued by
the PA Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, many of the mills are never inspected and even those found
in violation of providing less than the most minimum standard of care
possible to the dogs continue to operate with little or no interference
by state and federal agencies.
Dogs imprisoned at the mills have minimal interaction with humans, are
rarely treated by a veterinarian, receive no socialization with other
dogs, are deprived of exercise and, for the most part, are hidden away
from view as most
people would be outraged to see innocent animals being legally abused
exploited in such horrible conditions. When a dog is no longer capable
puppies it is frequently killed and discarded, many times using
inhumane methods. It is, without a
doubt, a life of misery, loneliness, pain and sadness.
Puppies produced at mills are sold nationwide to pet stores across the
country and give the phrase: 'How Much is that Doggie in the Window'
an entirely new meaning. Due to the cramped quarters at the mills, many
puppies are born with, or aquire from other dogs at the mill, disease
infection that frequently spreads rapidly. Kennel cough, parvo
and mange are
just a few of the chronic problems faced by puppies born at these
the miller's motto is that a sick dog is still a sale waiting to happen
and they knowingly ship sick dogs out to stores for unsuspecting
consumers to buy. And what of those dogs who are born with
obvious disabilities or illnesses? Many are sold to
consumers by way of the internet leaving buyers with little or no
recourse once the money has been paid and the puppy delivered.
Often transported in the rear of tractor trailers with no light,
ventilation, cooling or heating, thousands of puppies, sometimes far
to leave their mothers, are hauled across the country for distribution
to pet stores. In May of 2006 a tractor trailer carrying puppies
on Interstate 495, while enroute to Route 3 in Massachusettes, caught
fire killing 60 puppies; the driver escaped uninjured. The truck
was owned by the Hunte Company, the country's largest puppy mill
operating out of Goodman, Missouri. Similarly, in 2003, over 100
puppies died just outside
of Maryland in the back of a truck.
But My Pet Store Tells Me The Dogs Are From Breeders:
you believe it!
Unless you can see the mother of the puppy, along with other litter
mates, the dog is from the mills. Pet stores have an assortment
tactics to try and fool you into believing that the puppies in the
store come from caring
homes - but they don't. NO REPUTABLE BREEDER WOULD EVER
PLACE A LITTER IN A PET STORE.
Puppies, like babies, are still building their immune systems and no
caring breeder would ever allow their puppies to be handled by the
public or be displayed and housed in the windows and cages of a
commercial pet store.
What you can do: boycott stores that
Do not buy your pet supplies from them. Do not buy your pet food
from them. Never grace their premises with your presence and tell
your friends and family to do the same. Even if you believe you
other retail outlet options consider using mail order instead - if you
help finding a mail order supply house, contact us and we'll help you.
Remember: if no one buys the puppy
mill business will die. Do your part and put a
nail in the puppy
miller's coffin by avoiding pet stores that sell puppies and kittens!!
Call or write your state representative and senator and tell them that
are appalled that the puppy mill business is alive and well in
Pennsylvania. Ask them to do the right thing and insist they
begin working to shut down these operations of misery for profit.
Don't know who your legislators are? Click HERE
to find out. Need help writing a letter? Click HERE to contact us
and we'll help you.
Finally, if you wonder or doubt that the above is really true - and
you have a really strong stomach - take a moment to view the following
video: click HERE. Caution:
this video is extremely graphic
and is a large file; depending upon your internet connection speed, it
may take a while to download. After viewing this video, is there any
doubt what you need to do?
Hope To The Mill Dogs - BOYCOTT Stores That Sell Puppies