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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Pet Words of Wisdom – Puppy Mills Defined


Puppy mills continue to be controversial. There is so much to be said about them. I am so immersed in the world of animals that I often take for granted that everyone knows what I’m talking about. Maybe a brief discussion with my definition of what a puppy mill is would be helpful.

I believe that a puppy mill is a place where animals are bred for profit. While it is usually in unimaginably large numbers, it’s not always the case.

The conditions are usually subpar at best and horrible is the norm. A breeder with more than five females is required to be USDA registered and therefore USDA inspected. The USDA is overwhelmed and the inspections are very disappointing. States vary with their responsibilities in terms of inspection. Many plainly don’t. The entire system is a massive failure when it comes to looking out for the animals. It is set up to look out for livestock such as cattle and is not geared for dogs and cats.

What should be of great concern here is the housing standards for the animals. They are dismal. Adorable puppies may come from a mill. You must consider the mother of that puppy and the tiny wire enclosure in which she must spend her entire life. It should not be happening. As a society we can do so much better. Education is the first step. When we know better we can do better. Look for more next month…

Greg Gordon
Greg Gordonhttp://dogpatchpets.com
Greg Gordon is the General Manager and Proprietor of Dog Patch Pet & Feed in Naperville. Contact him through the pet store at info@dogpatchpets.com.