Stop The Madness of Puppy Mills
  • Petitioned United States Department of Agriculture and Animal Welfare Act

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United States Department of Agriculture and Animal Welfare Act

Stop The Madness of Puppy Mills

    1. Lauren Wiesman
    2. Petition by

      Lauren Wiesman

      Cincinnati, OH

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.
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    Reasons for signing

    • Michelle Vanderheiden LONDON, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago
    • Peyton McFarlain MISSOURI CITY, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      My purebred cavalier came from a puppy mill. The conditions there were like this: 5 cavaliers crammed in a cage meant for 1 Yorkie, dogs slept and used the bathroom in one cage, the barking never stopped, the lady neutered the dogs herself (and broke one's leg in the process,) every dog had some kind of injury,One dog as I mentioned earlier had a broken leg, My Rory has serious eye problems that the vet said could lead to blindness and eventual death, all dogs had scratched up foot pads from the wire that completely made up their cage, All dogs were scared of their own shaddow and still are, they are all dependent on their people or any other dogs they live with, all of them had rotting teeth that had shavings from the wire of the cage(one dog lost a few teeth)

    • suzanne merineau QUEBEC, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      find adoptions for existing animals, not create more

    • Roni Joseph GLOUCESTER, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      These precious mommies and babies live in filth, with very little nourishment, and for the most part, NO vetting. Mill owners should be arrested, tried, prosecuted and imprisoned. No more F'N slaps on the hand! And the "pet" stores that deal with these heartless bastards [whether they be small or the big name chain stores] should be fined, shut down, put permanently "OUT OF BUSINESS" .

    • K Precht LONGMONT, CO
      • over 2 years ago

      Please we must keep up the fight to end puppy mills!!!!! What these babies are exposed to each and every day of their lives is the worst of the worst.


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