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BEWARE OF PUPPY MILL PUPPIES

ONLY PURCHASE A PUPPY FROM A REPUTABLE BREEDER!

A 'Puppy Mill' is "a dog breeding operation in which the health of the dogs is disregarded in order to maintain a low overhead and maximize profits.” The definition of a Puppy Mill was established in 1984 by Avenson v. Zegart.

It is estimated that there are 10,000 Puppy Mills throughout the United States (this includes licensed and unlicensed facilities). Puppy Mills are nationwide. Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Dakota have the most Puppy Mills. Almost a hundred percent of puppies sold at pet stores come from Puppy Mills. Puppy Mill puppies are also sold on the internet, newspapers ads, swap meets, flea markets and auctions.

The parents of the puppy are barely surviving in horrible unhealthy uncaring conditions, which often causes the puppy to be unhealthy and have physical and psychological problems.

Puppy Mill parents and their puppies are not tested for genetic health conditions. Dogs in Puppy Mills are often inbred which often causes their young health issues. Also, there is excessive breeding.

AKC registration works on the honor system. The AKC will register any puppy whose parents are registered. Therefore, these 'Papers' from the pet store do not guarantee the puppy is a good example of the breed, do not guarantee the puppy’s health, nor guarantee a healthy pedigree.

A 'health certificate' from a pet store only indicates the puppy had a brief wellness check by a veterinarian. The puppy is not tested for genetic disorders, parasites, or diseases. Puppies are taken from their mothers too young and can develop serious health and/or behavioral problems due to conditions in which they are bred and shipped.

At a Pet Store, what you see may not be what you get. The puppy that looks like a certain breed of dog may not be the breed you had intended to get. Employees at Pet Stores are very often not knowledgeable about different breeds of dogs and what they require.

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