Are Their Really Puppy Mills?

Puppy Mills Learn The Shocking Truth About Pet Stores

Pet stores are a very popular place to shop for young puppies and other animals of your choice. There is practically a pet store in almost every city. And it is hard to resist that cute and desperate looking puppy caged up waiting to be taken home. But before you make this decision you really should know a little bit of “insider” information about these pet stores and the origins of the puppies they sell.

What is a puppy mill?

Do you know where most of these puppies come from that you see being sold in pet stores? There are certain breeding centers that cater to high-volume puppy production which sells them to pet stores, which then is sold to you. They are called “puppy mills” and are probably the most disgusting form of dog breeding practices that I have seen.

Disclaimer: Let me be clear on one thing: Not every pet store gets their puppies from puppy mills, but enough research has been done to find that a large majority of stores in the United States do in fact use puppy mills as their resource for pets to sell to the public.

What exactly are puppy mills?

All along the Midwestern portion of the United States, there can be found a number of dog farms whose sole purpose in life is to breed dogs for the profits that they can obtain at the pet stores. As a result, the dogs themselves are treated much like any farm animal in which they are often forced into high volume breeding and often are mistreated.

When you walk into a pet store, you see a few cages staked on top of each other and filled with cute puppies. This concept comes from the puppy mills but is not just two or three cages stacked on top of each other and rows that are maybe 5 cages long, but rather 5 cages by the length of barns stacked on top of each other and in most cases ignored other than feeding times.

Is buying a puppy from a puppy mill bad?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking home one of these puppies, and it is definitely a positive choice to make. On the other hand, many of these dogs have what is called “early stress syndrome” and may grow up to be nervous and frightened dogs which are very hard to instill confidence with training. Of course there are exceptions to the rule with these puppies, however, before you spend your hard-earned cash be sure to know all there is to know about where your puppy came from when considering purchasing from a pet store.

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