Each potential dog caretaker needs to avail themselves of adequate information regarding the responsibilities inherent with pets. All dependent life, be it a human child or animal, making the decision to be responsible for another life requires careful consideration. Anything less results in unanticipated surprises that land animals in shelters.
Leash laws help to inhibit unwanted breeding. Spaying/neutering insures that a proliferation of unplanned puppies do not end up euthanized in overcrowded, understaffed shelters.
Missouri, especially the rural counties, still harbor illegal puppy mills, where indiscriminate breeding, neglect, rampant illness and animals whose paws never touch grass, languish and die, often slowly. Unfortunately, as long as individuals continue to purchase animals from pet stores who encourage these abominable, illegal breeding practices through apathy or inexcusable ignorance, animals will continue to suffer. Anyone suspecting activity that suggests the presence of a puppy mill should contact local law enforcement or the local shelter.
There are responsible, legal breeders who follow the guidelines established to insure the best possibility of producing a consistent, genetically healthy line of breed specific puppies, The shelters have many healthy, rescued purebred and mixed breed animals needing a loving, forever home.