14 Reasons Why Puppy Farms Should Be Strictly Controlled
Puppy farms, also known as puppy mills, are grand scale dog breeding operations that place profit above everything else, including the welfare of the parental dogs and puppies. People who run these disgraceful operations often sell puppies through internet ads, newspaper classifieds, swap meets, and independent pet stores.
There are many reasons why puppy farms should be strictly controlled. We list 14 of them below.
1. Dogs on puppy farms are almost always kept in overcrowded unsanitary conditions.
2. Puppy farm dogs rarely get enough to eat and the food is usually of very low quality and often contaminated with bugs and bacteria. They are usually given just enough food to keep them alive long enough to reproduce.
3. The water is almost never changed frequently enough and is often contaminated with feces and bad microbes.
4. The dogs in puppy mills are not shown love and affection. They are treated with no more emotion than cash crops like corn and soy.
5. When female dogs can’t produce any more puppies, they are usually killed with no compassion for the precious being they were. The same is true for male dogs who can no longer sire puppies.
6. The cages usually have wire bottoms that injure the feet, toes, and legs of the dogs.
7. The cages are cramped and the dogs are given no opportunity to exercise or run around and play.
8. The cages are often stacked in tall columns so dogs are defecating and urinating on other dogs.
9. Even when it’s cold and or raining, they are often left outside exposed to the elements and not even allowed to get out of their cages to take cover or huddle for warmth.
10. Due to extreme inbreeding, dog farm puppies are often born with congenital diseases or develop other hereditary conditions later in life due their genetics. These include hip dysplasia, epilepsy, heart disease, kidney issues, respiratory issues, cataracts, glaucoma, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, Von Willebrand disease, anemia, and deafness.
11. Due to the extremely unsanitary conditions and sheer neglect, dog farm puppies often have other significant health issues too. These include fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites, heartworms, diarrhea, mange, pneumonia, kennel cough, eye infections, parvovirus, distemper, and giardia.
12. Dogs raised on puppy farms rarely receive adequate veterinary care, if any at all. When they get sick, they are often just left to die a slow and painful death.
13. Puppies are usually removed from their mother’s care far too soon so the mother can be bred multiple times a year. Furthermore, the mother is given little to no recovery time between litters
14. Puppies are seldom socialized before they are sold. This makes them nervous and anxious. In fact, they often exhibit behavioral and emotional issues their entire lives.
The ASPCA (American Society For the Prevention and Cruelty To Animals) estimates that approximately ten thousand puppy farms operate within the United States. These include thousands of suffering dogs and those of us who love dogs should take a stand against this cruel and inhumane treatment.
One of the best ways you can strike back is to never purchase a puppy from a puppy farm. You can also encourage all your friends to do the same. Additionally, you can call your local law enforcement if you discover an illegal puppy farm or contact the special hotline the Humane Society of America has set up to report puppy farms. Here is the number: