Puppy mills are breeding faculties for dogs. They aren’t good either; the dogs live in their feces and waste, on wire-bottom cages that hurt their paws, often outdoors, in very unsanitary and overcrowded rabbit hutches. In most cases the mother dogs are killed when they can’t breed a profitable liter size. The commercial breeders don’t care about the health and well being of the animals at all. All they want is money and profit to make a living. The dogs are considered a “cash crop” ever since it started after World War II in reply to the many crop failures in the Midwest. When people with secret cameras go into puppy mills, all of the dogs bark like crazy for attention. Being cramped in the small cages with nothing to do causes a lack of socialization, because they never walk or get any kind of exercise. Puppy mills are also considered a “wholesome” operation because of the profit it brings in.
This is a major issue. It’s harmful to the health of the dogs there, and can be a health hazard to the environment that all of us live in. It is causing a major overpopulation of dogs, when we already have enough animals being neglected by their careless owners and living on the street homeless. This is adding to that problem even more. Puppy mills can give the dogs that are living there many contagious and even permanent diseases. Some would include: musculoskeletal disorders (hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, etc.), blood disorders, chronic diarrhea, epilepsy, deafness, heart worm, kidney disease, eye problems, intestinal parasites, endocrine disorders (diabetes, hyperthyroidism, etc.), pneumonia, mange, fleas, ticks, kennel cough, lack of socialization, heart disease, respiratory disorders, contagious viruses, respiratory ailments, parasites, etc. This is just a fraction of what these dogs are exposed to everyday.
We can still see the light at the end of this long tunnel. Raising the standards will save the dogs from the horrible animal neglect in these mills. To be licensed they need to have livable, suitable conditions, vaccinations for diseases, and at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, and a non-wire bottom cage with 6 square feet of room and a limited population for each cage, and the overall puppy mill, depending on the size of the area. The puppy mills need to be inspected for these conditions. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, and please consider my solution to save these poor dogs.
Please refer to website http://savepuppies.weebly.com/