The only sure fire way to force puppy mill breeders out of business is if the public refuses to buy their puppies and forces them to close. With the watered down laws that many states have enacted, I really see no other way. For every bill that our law makers refuse to pass and every law that goes unenforced, dogs are still suffering nationwide at the hands of puppy mill breeders.
These dogs are living in unsanitary conditions to say the least. Medical treatment is being withheld or if the dogs are lucky, given at the bare minimum. The owners of puppy mills have one thing in mind and that is to make money at any expense. They care nothing about the dogs they have in their possession. Their dogs spend their entire lives packed in small wire cages in filth. Most with skin diseases and some so bad, their skin is rotted off to the bone. Disease runs rampant and the breeders don’t care. They have one use for the dogs and that is to give birth to as many puppies as possible before they die. The dogs that have been rescued from puppy mills are in horrendous condition. A condition I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.
You as a buyer can take it upon yourself to combat this cruelty that our lawmakers have so miserably failed to end. The next time you look at a cute puppy in a pet shop; think about the conditions that the pup’s mother and father are living in. Most pet shops buy their puppies from dealers who get the pups from puppy mill breeders. Each time someone buys a mill puppy, they are funding the breeders that force these dogs to endure these miserable conditions for their entire lives. The puppies that come from mills have a much greater chance of having health problems due to the parent’s poor health conditions and breeding practices endured.
The next time you are looking to buy a puppy, check out the AKC for a reputable breeder in your area. You can also look into some of your local kennels clubs. If buying a pup found on the internet, please be sure that you are buying from a reputable breeder. One sure fire way to do this is to go to the breeder’s house and check them out yourself. Take the time to go see the puppies and their parents. See what kind of conditions these dogs are living in. Ask the breeder about health clearances and health guarantees for your pup.
There is no better way to end a business practice then to refuse to fund it. Puppy mill breeders will be either be forced to improve living conditions for their dogs or be forced to close. Opponents of shutting down puppy mills say that the dogs will flood the animal shelters and plenty will be put to death. I say, what would you rather do? Live a life of hell or be put out of your misery?