Buying a puppy from the pet store might be one of the most phenomenal moments in a life. Unfortunately, puppy mills sell their malnourished dogs to pet stores. Puppy mills are huge kennels where pure bred puppies are crowded together in unsanitary housing with no food. Dogs who did no wrong to this world do not deserve to live in these conditions. The amount of puppy mills are increasing and must be stopped by adopting dogs from shelters, not buying puppies from pet stores and putting stronger laws into action.
As more dogs are being sold, puppy mills are becoming larger. One of the main reasons that puppy mills have become such a big problem, is the high demand for a dog. People have a high demand for purebred dogs (Patience Coster, 34-35). Asking for a certain type of breed will encourage puppy mills to grow. It’ll just have them make more money. Since high demands have been giving puppy mills a reason to work, dogs have been started to be sold online. Buying a dog from the internet may get you ripped off. You would not know what conditions the dog was until you have received him and payed. Puppy mills have began to spread all around the world. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that there is as many as 10,000 puppy mills in the United States. In every puppy mill, there may contain more than 1,000 dogs. That is a total of 10,000,000 dogs living with unfair conditions. Out of those 10,000 puppy mills, only 2,000-3,000 are U.S. Department of Agriculture licensed breeders (Puppy Mill FAQ, www.aspca.org). That is only 20%. It is really impossible to track them all and know how many there really is. Pet stores are just as guilty as puppy mills. Pet stores will claim they do not get their puppies from puppy mills (Puppy Mill FAQ, www.aspca.org). This is important to know because they say they get their puppies from “ licensed USDA breeders”. What this means is, anybody can sell dogs too stores if licensed by USDA. Some puppies may have papers, but that does not prove that they are not from puppy mills (Puppy Mill FAQ, www.aspca.org). You can not really know the truth unless you see for yourself where the dog came from.
Puppies are really the ones getting affected. Most of the time they will have health problems. They can go from having eye problems to Parvo. The living conditions they are in, is the main reason of all the health problems. If there was only better living conditions, it may save dogs from getting sick. Puppies live in cages with wire flooring. The wire flooring can damage their paws and affect their walking. Cages are stacked on top of each other. With the wire flooring, waste will slip by and get on the other dogs underneath. The crates are not very large but they will overcrowd them. There would be four dogs in a cage of one. Dogs get no sufficient veterinary care, food, water, and socialization (Puppy Mill FAQ, www.aspca.org). Socialization is one of many...