Advocates Warn Of Puppy Mills On The Internet

Puppies rescued from puppy millAnimal welfare advocates are warning consumers of large-scale dog breeding operations or puppy mills selling on the Internet. Their concern is “that people who sell dogs over the Internet are able to skirt federal licensing and inspections because they are not considered wholesalers.”

Many states do not have lemon laws, so there is nothing to help a buyer if their dog has health problems. One veterinarian said that many of her clients are victims to these Internet dog sales and the puppies that are sold to them are diseased or have genetic defects due to inbreeding.

Some recommendations for buyers interested in buying a puppy are to go and see the operation and see the conditions the puppies were born in, meet the parents of the puppy, and get references of other buyers that have purchased from the breeder.

11 Responses to “Advocates Warn Of Puppy Mills On The Internet”

  1. faefamily says:

    Why do these buyers even consider buying puppies on the internet when there are loving pets waiting to be adopted from the pounds and rescue shelters? They get stupidly upset when they end up with a sick pet or none at all (the afrikan pet selling scheme on the internet). It’s all about them; not the pet. That attitude just incenses me to no end!

  2. Susan says:

    I was involved in the rescue of animals from a puppy mill last fall. The owner was selling ShihTzu puppies over the internet for $1500 each. We rescued 42 dogs from the basement where they were kept. You could smell it from the front yard. All the dogs had urine burns on their feet and many had skin infections from the feces. There were many puppy skeletons down there. Several had to be euthanized their condition was so bad. Most had glaucoma issues and other inbreeding problems. One had been bred so many times, her uterus was paper-thin. We were lucky to get her to the hospital in time. She started labor and her uterus literally exploded. Eventually thee local shelter took them over. In the heat of the moment, many people adopted, but then couldn’t deal with the health problems. About half of these dogs have been returned. A rescue operation has since taken over their care. The owner is going to jail and is trying to sell that house to cover legal fees/fines. You could have bought one of these pups for $1500. If they didn’t make money, they wouldn’t be selling. Don’t buy from these people.

  3. Gindy says:

    Amish Puppy Mills:
    Those quaint folks people are always gushing on about are nothing but pure evil when it comes to treatment of animals.


  4. TEALCSMOMMY says:

    A breeder told me a story of an internet breeder who sold a dog that was misrepresented with a picture. The dog that this person bought was not the one pictured online. It was a completely different dog, but since the dog was shipped, she assumed she was going to get the one pictured. Well, surprise! She was unable to return this dog because the breeder denied it. She felt this dog was so ugly, but a passerby commented how cute he was, and so he was sold to that person. I purchased from a small town breeder who house I entered and met the parent dogs. I am still in contact with this breeder to update my dog stories with her. I recently purchased another puppy from her too.

  5. thomas says:

    Other good sites to learn about puppy mills :

    I posted today on pet connection on some of what I personnally have seen.

  6. Jean says:

    I think there needs to be a real push made to educate the public on pet purchase. Too many people impulse buy dogs without thinking about the implications of buying from a pet store…who get their supply from a puppy mills. Supply and demand after all. I belong to a few doggie e-groups and it upsets me to hear how someone bought a pup from a pet store because it looked so sad and they felt sorry for it. It is sad, but that behavior only encourage the mill business and dooms the parents to being production workers there. Also, many people breed dogs for the wrong reason. Spay and neuter laws, sponsored by the AR folks, like CA AB1654 will never accomplish the right thing and unfairly place the burden on small reputable hobby breeders. Before I bought my purebred pup, I studied the breed to make sure the match would be good. Then I visited the breeder numerous times. I made sure I had records that the parents and pups were tested for genetic defects. This was an ethical breeder, who gladly furnished this info in addition to a lengthy contract on what was expected from both sides…before approving me. Plus, we have a relationship where I can go to her with questions. Being involved in rescue has illuminated many a bad buying decision. Lets all agree to educate others on the right places to obtain (shelters, rescue, and reputable breeders only!) and the right way to add a pet to the family.

  7. trucorgi says:

    Good post Jean!

  8. Patricia says:

    Jean - you are so right! My Maine Coon came from a local breeder who has been breeding great bloodlines for over 20 years.

    Got badly burned by a breader while we were in Washington state. Wish the other breeders at the shows there had told me the truth about the breeder I ultimately purchased from. Once I was part of the “in crowd” it was too late. She was (is?) breeding pure white Maines - I found a person who had taken in two of her blind males. A real learning experience!

  9. Patricia says:

    Correction to my last post - the cats were deaf - not blind.

    After 3 eye specialists, we found my red male had stress related herpes which affected his eyes - which the breeder denied.

  10. Mary O'Connor-Shaver says:

    Consumer demand for purebred puppies, more than any other factor, perpetuates the misery of puppy mills. Unfortunately, a dog’s lifespan is often longer than a consumer’s desire to maintain their “product.” As a result, millions of purebred dogs are sent to animal shelters every year, where roughly half will be euthanized.

    As a member of the Central Ohio companion animal rescue community, I’ve been working very diligently with animal advocates through the U.S. in addressing this very critical issue for Ohio citizens.

    For more information on our efforts, I invite you to visit our website and read the article “New bill targets puppy mills, auctions” in the Winter, 2007 issue of The Animal Insider -

    It is my firm belief that until the public truly understands and appreciates the cruel aspect - not to mention the corruption and consumer fraud - connected with “dealing dogs”, puppy mills will continue to generate millions of dollars for their breeders and distributors.

  11. Captn' Carl says:

    Once again we seem to be confronted with the usual problem. Puppy Mills. Some of the most inhumane and horrid conditions for pets of all breeds and genders.

    Why is the very obvious overlooked?

    The State Departments that License these Puppy Mills need to be held accountable for why they, in spite of their so called “inspections”, continue to allow these places to operate and flourish.

    They have the power to revoke their licenses and put them out of business permanently.

    So why don’t they? Why do you think they don’t?

    This makes me wonder who is doing the inspecting and licensing?

    I wouldn’t be surprised in the least to find that the licensing and inspecting individuals are the puppy mill owners or relatives of the owners.

    That would explain a lot. Yes, a friend of a friend of a cousin of some bureaucrat who snuck his relative in and got him/her qualified to these positions, to protect the friend of a friend’s family interests.

    It sure wouldn’t be the first time something like this has happened, as a matter of fact, this type of thing is rampant.

    The time is overdue to hold to the fire the feet of the corrupt individuals who have the most judicial contact with these places and repeatedly renew their licenses to operate as well as allow this to continue.

    These are the very individuals that are best able to first hand see for themselves just what the conditions are.

    Oh…maybe they are all blind and have no sense of smell left.

    Let’s put the pressure where it belongs!

    Governmental control solves nothing. It opens the door wide for more corruption and allows more inept and corrupt individuals to make a living doing what they do best. Lying, defrauding, cheating and otherwise betraying the very individuals and animals they have sworn to protect.

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