Puppy mills are nothing more than breeding grounds for disease and despair. Puppy mills can house anywhere from 50 to more than 1,000 dogs who live in cramped, dark, filthy conditions with little or no human contact. To keep costs to a minimum, the dogs receive no veterinary care and often little food and water. The puppies suffer from a variety of diseases due to unsanitary conditions and lack of proper nutrition.
Too often commercial breeders focus on the bottom line and not on the health and welfare of the animals they are breeding. The animals may live in wire cages where their paws become attached to the wire. These cages are often stacked one on top of another, allowing urine and feces from the upper cages to drop down onto the animals in the lower cages. The longer the animals live in these cages, the more likely they will develop psychological behaviors known as stereotypies, such as obsessive licking and chewing to the point of tearing their skin. Many animals live their entire lives in these cages, never seeing the sun or touching the ground. Needless to say, they get no exercise. The animals are bred over and over again until they are no longer capable of reproducing and then they are often euthanized—sometimes with a bullet through the head—or sent off to research laboratories.
The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act needs refining to protect dogs in commercial breeding operations. HR 847 and S 395 need your support. Contact your representatives and senators and urge them to support this vital piece of legislation.