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How Much Is That Doggie on My Browser? Actor Ben Stein and IFAW Investigate Internet Puppy Mills


Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, dogs, suffering, internet )

Cher
- 678 days ago - livinggreenmag.com
A new investigation into online puppy sales highlights the problem of the Internet being used as a tool for exploiting dogs and consumers



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Nyack Clancy (445)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 10:34 am
noted
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 10:46 am

Some years ago a friend gave me a puppy, I took her to the vet the next day only to learn that she had never been out of a cage, her paws told that story and that she had been violently beaten all of her life and suffered from brain damage. She was a sweet baby that lived another 6 years, contrary to the vets advice I did not "put her down". Slowly and with love and repeated lessons she learned to trust our family, not easy when humans have so abused you. I condemn all puppy and kitten mills just as I fully condemn hitting any child or animal. There are many ways to teach discipline without ever responding in violence.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (446)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 10:58 am
First, that picture was a killer....ANYBODY who buys a pure breed through the internet is asking for trouble. Instead of Googling the breed, Google the breed and rescue- for example, Beagle Rescue; not Beagle Breeders.
Rescue groups have dogs and cats of all description living in people's homes, that are just waiting to be adopted.
 

Robert O. (12)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 11:05 am
Puppy mills are all over and it makes perfect sense that there'd be a huge market for them online as well, but that still makes it wrong. All puppy mills need to be shut down and those associated with them, even remotely need to be punished to the fullest extent.
 

Lisa Neste (705)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 11:10 am
It's so sad to think of all the dogs & cats being euthanized at shelters daily & it makes it more of a travesty that people would buy their pets from unscrupulous breeders!
 

Donna Hamilton (144)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 11:50 am
Noted. Thanks, Cher.
 

Alicia v. (181)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 12:35 pm
XXIst century, humans must end with puppy mills.
 

Kye J. (41)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 12:35 pm
Ban puppy mills globally.
Support animal shelters to save animals.
 

Gloria picchetti (297)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 1:07 pm
Noted. I never bought an animal.
 

Christeen Anderson (515)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 1:37 pm
Please say no to puppy mills. Thank you. There are lots of animals out there who want and need a loving, healthy home.
 

Sherri O. (257)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 3:10 pm
What will it take to stop people from buying a life from a breeder? Want a purebred? Go the local shelter. They have plenty to choose from. Or take a walk and pick one up for free.
 

MÃģnica AYUGA (109)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 3:34 pm
Es inaceptable el daņo tan tremendo que se les causa a los perros, un animal fiel y amistoso con el hombre, en todos los lugares del mundo y de todas las formas inimaginables para una mente sana!!!
 

Arthur S. (88)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 3:51 pm
Stupid people, they should be thrown into jail for doing this.
 

Diane L. (110)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 8:23 pm
I used to think selling any living animal via the internet was wrong, but I also have a few friends who got extremely well-bred animals from it's use. The difference between what we need to address and eliminate...........the puppy millers and responsible breeders is fairly clear to me. If a legitimate breeder ADVERTISES on the internet, that's fine. Prospective buyers who care, should visit personally or demand a "webcam" of the facility, the animal and/or have their agent or someone trustworthy act in their behalf. I'd never, EVER buy an animal "sight unseen" off the internet.

It goes both ways as far as responsible breeders also won't sell and ship an animal to an UNKNOWN buyer. Those that do are not responsible, and probably are "puppy millers" or in the case of a horse, HORSE MILLES" (is that a word?).

There was a case in Seattle about a year ago of one woman who sold dozens of dogs to unsuspecting buyers, all supposedly purebred "somethings" and she provided paperwork to show they were registered (fake papers, not from AKC) and verterinary certificates that had been forged. When a local TV station investigated, they found the vet had never heard of her. She supposedly was using his name without permission and forging his signature on fake papers. She was buying puppies off the internet, for a cheap amount and then RE-SELLING at huge profits. Almost every puppy she'd sold became sick or had serious issues. Most had Parvo or worm infestations.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 11:29 pm
Sad news about any animal being caged. Hope all of the idiots that are doing it get caught and caged up forever. Thanks Cher
 

Danuta Watola (1206)
Monday December 17, 2012, 4:30 am
noted
 

Ruth S. (304)
Monday December 17, 2012, 6:11 am
Close down all Puppy and Kitten mills forever!!!
 

Penny C. (79)
Monday December 17, 2012, 7:19 am
Noted.
 

pirjo sundqvist (160)
Monday December 17, 2012, 9:28 am
Donīt Shop Adopt!!
 

Debra B. (24)
Monday December 17, 2012, 10:57 am
Adopt adopt
 

Suzanne L. (156)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 7:48 am
I wish that all internet sites would ban the advertising and sale of animals. There is no way to know for sure who is going to end up with the animal. Some animals are acquired for other purposes besides being a pet, such as bait animals for dog fighting, or lab use or any number of other things.
 

Diane L. (110)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 9:03 pm
True, Suzanne, BUT many responsible and highly respected breeders of purebred animals have websites to advertise what they have...........both for their "for sale" animals and for "animals at stud" or "boarding/training" facilities. For example, let's say I have a purebred mare of a particular breed and am looking for a suitable "mate" for her. I can't find one in my "neighborhood" so I look online. I find dozens of gorgeous stallions in my respective breed "available" elsewhere, and while I'm looking, I find that the farm also trains. Well, my mare needs training. I might send my mare THERE to be trained and bred, rather than just buy "transported semen". Maybe I like the results of that match so well that I also buy a colt of filly from them as well. Now, I would never do that without 1) watching more than one video of the stallion, 2) checking out the facility from photos and getting references from other "clients", and 3) if buying, either visiting in person or sending my "agent".

I think that should apply to any animal..............horse, cat or dog. I have an online friend who wants to set herself up breeding her "breed of choice" and it's not a commonly seen breed. She found a breeder in another state and did a lot of homework before purchasing a puppy from that breeder. Puppies from breeders "such as" this one come with all shots, vaccinations, temperament "testing" and guarantees, nor will they remove from their mothers early just to "make a buck". Some people wait for months to get a puppy from such breeders as they do not breed their females at every heat cycle and have a waiting list for those that will become available even before the dogs are bred.
 

Diane L. (110)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 9:09 pm
BTW, my "story" about sending my mare "elsewhere" to be trained and bred was hypothetical. These days, it happens not nearly as often as it used to. Even 20 years ago, it was "the norm" and mares were sent to where the stallion was. That put stress on the mares while being shipped. Now, the semen is collected and either cooled or frozen and THAT is shipped to the mare owner. It is a bit more costly in some ways, but cheaper in others (no cost to board the mare) and certainly far less stressful for the mare. It opens up a world to stallions that 20 years ago, would not have been available to others. Same with dogs.

I would suggest staying away from Craigslist! My daughter lost her beloved SH 3 years ago and wanted another. She looked for a long time for another one and had her heart set on that breed. Rescues didn't have one in her area, period, and she looked online, found 2 breeders in other states and one had no puppies, nor was planning on having any. The other was priced far above her means. Craigslist had several and each and every one of them was a bit suspicious or "flakey". Some were obviously looking to unload an unsuitable dog which wasn't even a SH, others didn't reply or if they did, set up a meetng that was never kept.
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday December 21, 2012, 5:20 am
noted, thanks Cher
 
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