500 Dogs Seized at Puppy Mill

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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katarzyna phillips

we don't have the ability to buy puppies in a shop here in the uk. i think harrods still does, but really not sure. they're so expensive as well! i got my baby Tian from a reputable person as a pup and my next dog will be a rescue

Natasha Salgado
natasha salgado3 years ago

New laws need to implemented and old ones enforced to stop these bloody mills.

Tanya W.
Tanya W.3 years ago

The joy of a puppy is something to behold. How anyone could start their short life so horribly is beyond comprehension!!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Interesting article.

Oana Ionete
yonette VO3 years ago

Thanks to the saviours. These owners must be severely punished, in order to eradicate this kind of horrible puppy mills!

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

Why thank you Winn A. I appreciate that! :))

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago

Anyone who rescues, cares for and loves animals is absolutely the best!

Chris C.
Chris C.3 years ago

I'm ashamed to hear my state is one of those named! How horrid. Just make sure you ADOPT your puppies or dogs from the local animal shelter. It amazes me how so many people I know STILL prefer finding and buying a pedigreed dog but I guess they don't realize that the so called "pedigreed" dog could definitely be a puppy mill dog instead. Makes me sick! Some of the best "loving, goofball" dogs can be found at your local shelter, including some pedigreed, if everyone just looks!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thank you for sharing

annie s.
annie statton3 years ago

My daughter is spending a fortune on her little dog ,it was only after a year of having him that she realized he was limping ,he has luxating patella and arthritis ( he is only 5yrs old ). she bought him from a woman who bred them at her home ---whether the woman knew of his condition we do not know but quite obviously she had not had her pups screened . He was 18mths old when my daughter bought him ,it's not the amount he is costing (although this is proving difficult ) ,it's heart breaking ,watching him limp ,hold his back leg up in discomfort . He has magnetic collars,hydrotherapy and lots of medicines /supplements and it's not going to heal ,he has this for life ,it's both sad and wrong.