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Puppy Mills and Backyard Breeders

Animals  (tags: Backyard breeders, Puppy mills, Dogs, Money )

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Every time a puppy mill is closed down, it makes the the news. What doesn't seem to be addressed with as much regularity are backyard breeders. These people breed dogs for the money they can make, plain and simple its all about the money.

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Melanie T (82)
Wednesday August 1, 2007, 1:47 pm
August 01. 2007 10:50AM

Puppy mills and backyard breeders

Every time a puppy mill is closed down, it makes the the news.

What doesn't seem to be addressed with as much regularity are backyard breeders. These people breed dogs for the money they can make. Plain and simple. It is all about the money. They buy a male and female dog from a pet store, mate them, and sell the puppies. When the male and female are used up, they are discarded.

It is not done on a large scale like a puppy mill, and most backyard breeders would be horrified to be compared to a puppy mill, but they are doing the same thing: breeding dogs for profits with no thought to putting even more unwanted dogs in shelters.

The Humane Society of the United States estimates 25% of all dogs turned in to animals shelters are purebred animals.

Pick up the classified section of any newspaper and read the want ads for pets. Even dogs which used to be classified as mutts or mixed breeds, are being sold for top dollar because an unaltered male finds an altered female.

Who in their right mind would pay $500 for a mixed breed terrier, when they could visit their local shelter and find one, sometimes a purebred for less than $100.

That would decrease the population of animals coming into many shelters and the necessary euthanization of many unwanted dogs.

The above came from the link to this story from....

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday August 1, 2007, 4:21 pm

Thanks, Melanie!

Sharon D (91)
Wednesday August 1, 2007, 7:24 pm
Melanie thanks for the article. Noted and passing along

Simone D (1462)
Wednesday August 1, 2007, 11:39 pm
Thanks Melanie.

Pam F (221)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 1:20 am
It always seems such a shame that dogs can continue to be bred,when there are so many beautiful animals euthanased every day because homes can't be found for them.Sad and senseless.

Jessie Cross (295)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 2:01 am
It is unethical, cruel and downright disgusting. People must be educated to adopt from shelters.

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 4:59 pm

hate these terrible places. All about the money, and never about the living soul. We rescued our 7 year old Pom from a shelter. He was born in a puppy mill. He wasn't wanted by those that purchased him from the p mill so they chained hm up at the animal shelter and abandoned him. He still has moments of fear just for the short time the other people had him.
He's a sweetheart.
We rescued the cat that we got for our daugher 8 years ago. Lady was born in he wild. She was 100% feral. The first time I picked up she bit right thru my right index finger to the bone. Lady and her 2 sister and one brother and mother where all feral. It took many months for this little snowball to actually sit in someones lap. She's 8 years old. We rescued another female cat that was adopted by a co worker. She had rescued this female with her brother from a shelter where they had been born. Neither bro or sis had ever been held and loved. I took this female cat sight unseen because I was scared that this co worker would dump her out in the wilds of North Idaho where we lived. I took this cat and we named her "Nutmeg" because of her little orangy spots on her stripe coat . Nutmeg is now the biggest love. All the animals have an affintiy with my hubby. If he's a sittin' thats where they all head to..his lap...


Patricia B (5)
Thursday August 2, 2007, 8:14 pm
As a dog trainer, I see this all the time and it just makes me angry! I have a puppy mill dog of my own that we rescued this year; a gorgeous little corgi whose ears are eaten off and was starving. They did a botched home-job surgery on the little guy. It cost us a small fortune to save him but he was worth every single penny. I wish our SPCA and AC had the law with some teeth in it so they could go after these folks legally and shut them down.
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