Make Puppy Mills Illegal
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Dictonary.com states that a puppy mill is a place where puppies are born and raised for profit. This definition, while accurate, doesn’t tell you the bad side of these mills. Puppy mills are causing overcrowding, which leads to dogs being killed in shelters. Puppy Mills are cruel to puppies and adult dogs; they confine dogs to cramped spaces and force them to breed. According to The Humane Society of the United States, every year about 2.11 million puppies are born in puppy mills throughout the US, while more than 3 million are being killed in shelters because there is no room for them. Some people buy puppies because they are cute and small, but when they grow up to be bigger than planned, they get rid of them either on the side of the road or at a shelter. If we stop puppy mills, we stop overcrowding. If we stop overcrowding, we save the lives of dogs.Puppy mills are cruel to adult dogs. Female dogs are forced to breed over and over again with little time in between to recover from their last litter of puppy. When the female dogs are too old or unable to breed, the owners just kill them. The collars on the dogs are fastened so tight that they are embedded in their necks and need to be carefully cut out if or when the dogs are rescued. Puppy mills have no regulations or enforcement, so they have no cleanup control, so dogs life and sleep in their own feces and urine for indefinite periods of time. Also most puppy mills have no veterinary care, climate control or any protection from weather at all so their dogs are left outside in any weather. Most dogs rescued from puppy mills are found with bleeding or swollen paws, severe tooth decay, ear infections, dehydration and injuries in their eyes which often cause blindness. The dogs are undernourished and if they get any water, it is contaminated and crawling with bugs. They spend their lives in cramped cages with little to no room to exercise or play. The people who run these mills only care about themselves and getting money, not about the animals in these mills.Puppy mills are cruel to the puppies as well as the adult dogs. Puppies are taken from their mother before they are weaned, at about four to eight weeks old, some puppies don’t know how to eat solid food, so they die of starvation. When the puppies are taken away, they are sold to brokers, who then pack them into crates and transport them to different pet shops to be sold. The puppies are not given enough food, water, airflow, or shelter during transport, many die on the way to the shop. Puppy mills are cruel places that cause dogs to suffer for the profit of people. Millions of puppies die each year due to overcrowding, starvation, and poor conditions that the people of puppy mills inflict on them.
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