Puppy Mills : Why is this still happening


Our Story

After reading stories and watching the news for the past 6 months I believe it is now time for me to share my feelings on puppy mills. In July 2007 we wanted to adopt another Cocker Spaniel as having two was better then one and of course my older Cocker needed a playmate. We searched the Newspapers and went on-line just like many of us do and finally found an add that read " 6 week old Cocker Spaniel Puppies for Sale, $300.00". Not a bad price for a Cocker especially with papers so we contacted the lady and recieved directions which took us 70 miles from where we resided. As we approached the home we were taken aback by the way the outside of the home looked, my heart told me that this was out of norm as she claimed she only had a set of puppies. We heard so many barking animals we didn't know what to do.

We couldn't turn back now that drive was endless and we really wanted another puppy , wasn't that the objective? The woman answered her door and unbeknownst there were cages everywhere ,females feeding new puppies , there were at least 30 puppies in a little plastic pool that were being fed and there were additional puppies outside that nobody would adopt for health reasons. We wanted to save them all. Not wanting to be rude we politely asked her if she had any female cockers and she said most of them were males. We approached the little plastic pool and there was this little round puppy who kept trying to get out, she told me they were to young so I asked her if she was female,that little face kept looking up at me begging me with her dark brown eyes. The woman squeezed her as she picked her up and she whimpered, I knew she was supposed to come home with me. We paid the woman and then wrapped her in a warm towel and left. We rescued our dog from a puppy mill and we now call her "Daisy". The ending of this story is although we rescued a puppy , she came from a puppy mill and her mother was on her 8th litter. It saddened me to see how inhumane some can be and that they would do anything for a quick buck. I reported the woman and the address to the humane society and they rescued over 165 dogs and puppies within in a few days.

Animal shelters euthanize appr.3-4 millions cats and dogs a year however our pet stores continue to sell kittens and puppies. Many of them come from puppy mills and they do not concern themselves with the health and conditions of the parents.

If you are going to adopt a pet consider adopting them from your local animal shelter. If you choose to adopt them from a Private party ask them how many litters the mother has had?Request references of prior owners and see if you can contact them regarding the conditions, health,etc. of the puppy they chose to purchase. These are all the things I did not do and have learned from my own experience. Although "Daisy" is a happy and healthy dog now, she did cost over $2000.00 in a year due to her health issues which we now have under control and we have had to work on her behavior as she is very high strung opposed to the Cocker Spaniel that we purchased the previous year from a Private Owner.

 Please stop the Puppy Mills
Please stop the Puppy Mills

Websites and Contacts

If you believe you have purchased or know of someone who works,or owns a puppy mill please do the right thing and report them as we have to stop the abuse of these animals. Contact www.humanesociety@hsus.org or if you need information on list of adoptable pets or shelter and rescues you may go to www.pets911.com they also have information on pet friendly rentals,lost and found etc. www.petfinder.com posts classifieds and you will also be able to obtain a local vet in your area. These are all good resources if you are already a pet owner or if you are considering purchasing a dog or cat. As "Daisy " turns a year old next month she has brought me great joy and companionship; however everytime we look at her we think about her mother and all the suffering she endured. Her mother not being able to live like a normal dog has been a painful memory. No affection , no life just a puppy maker and an early death.

Do your homework before your purchase a pet and share your story if you have one, hopefully one day we can stop the cruel and inhumane way animals are treated and bred.

Please take the time to watch just one of these videos and maybe you will consider looking into a person's background before purchasing your next puppy.

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Blawger: It is the worse thing and so sad, our Daisy is very high strung because of the way she was born. We love her just the same but her temperament is different then our Ccokers we are not from a puppy mill. I believe people should be licensed and we also need to adopt from the Humane Societies and give those babies homes to. Thanks so much for commenting.

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Blawger 4 years ago from California

Thank you for shedding light on puppy mills. Its hard to believe that most states don't have laws which require that breeders obtain a license and be subject to regular inspections.

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AEvans 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Alastar Packer: It is so sad. I love the sign idea, that was perfect! Our Daisy will be 4 this summer and we are so thankful we have her, but her mother's face does replay in mind. We have so many unwanted animals now, we do not need anymore mills adding to the population.

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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Hi AE. Had a Cocker once who got into the neighbors anti-freeze. Very sad for all. Thank you for your story and websites on here. The vids, well, they speak for themselves. Here's how we defeated a puppy mill that wanted to start up shop in the area. 95% of homeowners put up a big sign in their front yard that said "NO PUPPY MILLS HERE!" Very effective it was.

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AEvans 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Rolly: It is horrible. I wish I could rescue you all of them. I don't understand why people do such a sad thing. Animals need love, they are just like children.

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Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

Thanks for the Hub and the way you have put it together. Every once in a while they are turned up here n Canada as well and it just sickens me to think of what some of these poor animals have had to face.

Blessings and Hugs

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Enelle Lamb: We would do the same thing after ourown experience. :(

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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

Great hub - we have two large dogs, one of whom is a rescue animal - when we are ready to adopt another (one of our furry friends is getting on in years and has developed arthritis) it will definitely be from the S.P.C.A. or rescue shelter.

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Katharella: Thank you for sharing your story and as you and I both know it is heartbreaking! Isn't funny how we will do all for our babies? I certainly will read your hub puppies are so much work but they bring you so much joy. Can you believe this woman also had her home up for sale on top of all the dogs and puppies? She was a brave soul but in the end she had gotten what she deserved. Thank you again for reading and Daisy is now two and she a sweetie pie. :)

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Katharella 7 years ago from Lost in America

I don't know you, but I LOVE YOU, you have such a wonderful heart of gold lady! Your story came up on my Rottie page. While it wasn't a Puppy mill per se, they seemed to be taking ok care of the pets (not as I would, but good enough I knew they were ok, and only one mama dog, and they offered me to see the stud, I declined, I just wanted my doggie!) Anyway, strange as it may seem, I told them I wanted the puppy to PICK ME! I climbed in the cage, and when the guy opened the door ALL the pups came running out and started playing. I still sat on the ground. My rott came up to me and my friend, and she picked ME. I scooped her up and she fell into a quick snooze of comfort in my arms! I tossed him his money, and he insisted on receipt.. I din't care, I just wanted her!

I wouldn't wait to get to your part if you turned them in, and THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR DOING THAT, you're a wonderful sole... I love this hub!! Thank you so much for posting your story. I have a never ending hatred for those, and those who also raise Pits for fighting, and puppy mills. Many people wanted me to let them breed my girl, and nope, I had her fixed, and best to my heart, I never even went back to get her AKC papers.. she was just my love, bottom line! No new pups for her, but she's had better health care than myself at times! TY so much for your hub, and your rescue.

P.S. Oh, I was told because they let me take her at 5 weeks, that was a rescue, and I feel that could be right, as the pups were in a good cage with water, shelter etc. but still too young to be given out. Even though I only paid $300. for her, on the way home, stopped at the pet store and bam! Another $500. cos I got HER EVERYTHING she needed to be in a loving home! And yes, if you read my hub, I really did sit out in rain/cold all through the nights to potty train her! And I don't regret a second of it, she's a JOY of my life besides my son! (who rescued a Lab):) Bless your heart lady!!!!!

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

BDazzler: I understand as it took us years to even get a dog and now we have two.

I can't stand to think about when they are old and gone as I know it is going to break my heart.:(

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BDazzler 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

Not for a while. I live alone and a puppy needs a family all the time, especially early. Maybe again some day, when I can give him the care he deserves.

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

BDazzler: It is time for a new baby think about all of the animals who need a home. :)

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BDazzler 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

I got a dog from the pound over 20 years ago. He died a couple of years back. He was a mutt. I dreamt about him last night. I still miss him.

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Kaylee: I could not agree with you more when it comes to the puppy mills and it is happening every single day, it breaks my heart as well and I agree more has to be done. I am glad that you brought this subject up again as it is a reminder to all. :)

Kaylee Featherstone 7 years ago

Hi there i just watched a Oprah show on puppy mills!! im from South Arfica so our shows come out long after they are made. Im discusted that a human can be like that, dont they have feelings at all. i was in tears and i feel like i am not doing enough. Im just turning 18 now but still. I love animals and we recently adopted our oldest member of the family Eddie he is 18 years old and is blind and deff, he doesn't know his own name but he is perfect.. he is from an animal shelter and is now very happy. I just wish there is more i could do about this horrible thing that is going on.

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AEvans 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

It makes me so sad as well as I love my dogs and could not imagine being without them:)

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GoodRead 8 years ago from usa

ya puppy mills make me sick. Way too many people want to make a buck on breading dogs. It makes me sad.

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AEvans 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

That is how I feel about my pets , I would climb mountains for them and it was horrific it honestly brought me to tears , although Daisy was so young I knew that I had to presuade that woman and I did !!! It disgusts me to think what people do for an almighty buck.

You on the other hand went the extra mile to make certain that you knew who the breeders were and there conditions , I commend you on that . More people should do the same and maybe we could shut the puppy mills completely down.

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monitor 8 years ago from The world.

Daisy in one lucky Cocker and Daisy's outcome is the only good part of this hub. The rest of this story is horrific. How can this be? It has to be stopped. I have two dogs. One English Pointer and one Chihuahua, a strange mix you may say but they get one famously. I did check their papers and visited the kennels where they were born (The pointer, Tobias, required a 7 hour drive to the kennel) I also said hello to the parents of each dog and made sure those parents had been treated well. I made all of this a condition of sale when I went to the pet shop. In fact I said I would only buy if I could pick the pups up myself. I told them, "just let me know when a little is born and I will travel to them for the pick up" at first they put up all sorts of practical reasons why this was not possible. But in the end I got what I wanted and am very happy I know the background of my dogs. Sure it cots a few dolars and a bit of time but these two dogs are a very important part of our family and we felt that to start our right was the least we could do for them.

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AEvans 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

I don't understand either as I was so sickened and surprised I had to get my little girl out of there. I hope that her mom ended up with a good home as she looked so pitiful and she was so friendly. Never again as humans should not be so greedy ,animanls are so loving :) You are so welcome and I am glad people are reading it.

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Die'Dre' 8 years ago from The Great Pacific Northwest

I will never understand how a human being could run a puppy mill. I don't have pets right now, but my last dog was adopted fromt he humane society and I have a cherished friend who has adopted her second greyhound.

Good hub, thanks.

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