If you have had any doubt that people who buy puppies from some pet stores are contributing to the suffering of dogs and puppies in puppy mills, doubt no more. Over 500 dogs were found in a place west of Montreal, in what could be Quebec’s largest case of animal cruelty.
“This is definitely one the largest operations that we’ve ever come across in Canada,” said Lauren Scott, a spokeswoman for the organization who was at the site. “It also involves some of the worst conditions we have seen to date. I personally can say that I found it heartbreaking to see what these dogs have endured,” said a spokesperson for an organization trying to help the poor animals. (Source: CBC.ca)
Quebec has been called the best province to be an animal abuser by an animal defense organization. Montreal alone might have 800 unregulated animal breeding operations. There is an estimated 1,200 more in other parts of the province. The government is supposedly drafting new regulations for animal breeders focused on minimum standards of care. Without enforcement, no laws are effective, however. Especially if those laws don’t provide for harsh enough penalties to deter the offensive behavior.
The Humane Society of Canada says there are hundreds of thousands of puppies born at puppy mills each year in Canada. In the United States some of the states with the most puppy mills have been identified as Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Two to four million puppies acquired by families each year in the U.S. come from puppy mills, according to the Humane Society.
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