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What a beautiful sight it is to witness this sweet girl touch grass for the very first time. She is a senior Yorkie who was recently rescued from a puppy mill operation. When a volunteer with National Mill Dog Rescue gently placed her down, she was clearly confused and not quite sure what to do. As wonderful as it was, this little Yorkie should have never been in this situation, to begin with.

This is exactly why people NEED to stop purchasing dogs from pet stores. The vast majority of pet stores get their puppies from the same types of places this poor girl came from. Pet store dogs are commodities and are often abused and neglected behind closed doors. Oh, and it’s not just the pet store animals that are suffering, it’s also the forgotten mothers (like the Yorkie in the video) at the puppy mills who are enduring immense cruelty.

Female dogs in puppy mills used for breeding are usually kept in highly unsanitary conditions, receive little or no medical care, and live in small cages with little social interaction. These mothers are used for breeding their entire lives, only to be tossed away like trash when they can’t be used anymore. Additionally, many puppy mills use hormones and steroids in an attempt to produce as many puppies as possible. The life of a puppy mill dog is one that is filled with disease, pain, and unimaginable suffering.

The only way to bring puppy mills to an end is by NOT buying from pet stores, spreading awareness about the realities of puppy mills, and encouraging others to only adopt a rescue. Adopting a dog is the easiest (and cheapest!) way to add a new furry member to your family while saving a life. And remember, adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment!

To learn more about ways to spread awareness about the cruel puppy mill industry click here.

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Dorene Mayer
11 Months Ago

Wondering if she will be up for adoption? I have a Yorkie and Yorkie mix and I would love to adopt and love her for the rest of her days.

candice f
11 Months Ago

OK that broke my heart :(

11 Months Ago

Sounds just like a breeder who makes money off the sufferings of these poor dogs. C , you spoke the truth. Wish more people would pay attention and put breeders out of business completely. Money should NEVER be made off the backs of animals who end up suffering . Any event where animals are used for entertainment should be banned. Horse racing, Grey Hound racing, bull fighting, rodeos ,yes, animals are abused even in that "family event" . Bucking horses ,bulls riding ,calf roping . Injuries have been made to them ,even death to many that have had their neck broken from roping them. Yet people cheer things like this on. We need tougher and harsher laws for abuse of animals, including breeders and owners who neglect their dogs like this. I\'ve read that even pure breed pets come with certain defects that are inherited from their kind of breed,and can be more prone to health problems because of it.A regular "mutt" is considered to be far more freer from such defects and health problems than any "pure breed".

11 Months Ago

12 Things You Should Know About “Puppy Mills”
1) Pet stores are required by law to only buy from USDA LICENSED breeders. USDA LICENSED PROFESSlONAL breeders are NOT “puppymills”. There are currently only 1538 licensed professional breeders in the US. The number of licensed breeders in this country has been steadily dropping due to lies from the animal “rights” groups about the quality of purebred dogs.
2) In our modern day of instant access to information it is almost impossible for anyone to raise dogs without being under scrutiny. Those horrendous photos you see in commercials for the “Humane Society” are mostly outdated, from a foreign country or a 1 in one million exception to the care given animals by breeders everywhere. The photos are intended to shock and horrify you into giving money. Any photo can be photo shopped into looking really bad. Be skeptical. If you didn’t see it with your own eyes take it with a grain of salt.
3) The animal “rights” groups LIE. There is no such thing as a "puppy mill". "Puppy mill" is not a legally defined term, it is slang invented by the “animal rights” extremists to denigrate any and all breeders -- small or large, standard or substandard. It\'s the "N-word" of breeders and equally insulting to use. The phrase “puppy mill” has been promoted in the media by the animal “rights” movement, people who want to end all animal ownership. It is applied indiscriminately by these fanatics to anyone who breeds dogs. They don\'t care how many health tests you do or how many pretty ribbons you have won - YOU are a puppymill if you breed even one litter.
4) You didn’t “adopt” a dog. If you paid money to a shelter it is a sale not an adoption since dogs are not children. You didn’t rescue a dog unless you ran into a burning building or jumped into a raging river. Buying a dog from a shelter is “rehoming”. Calling it a “rescue dog” makes it about showing the world what a noble person YOU are.
5) Passing laws intended to outlaw “puppy mills” will not solve any problem. Most substandard breeders are unlicensed and already in violation of existing laws and don’t care. New, stricter laws will only affect those who are already working to follow the laws. The only way to have any effect is to provide the funds and manpower to enforce the laws that are already on the books.
6) All the hobby breeders in this country cannot produce enough puppies to meet the demands of the American market. Recent changes in laws are NOT stopping substandard kennels from continuing. It is closing down reputable breeders who work very hard to produce healthy purebred puppies by making it more difficult and expensive for them to continue in their HOBBY.
7) BREEDERS are NOT responsible for the presence of dogs in shelters. "Producing" dogs due to failure to be a responsible owner and "breeding" dogs are not the same. DOG BREEDING IS NOT A CRIME. We have a problem with a lack of responsible ownership, poor shelter management and poor pet distribution. Education is the key to improvement in this area.
8) The Humane Society of the United States is a major source of the anti-breeder propaganda. HSUS owns and operates NO shelters, has NO police powers and is not part of the federal government. They are a privately owned political lobbying organization opposed to ALL breeding of animals. The ASPCA owns ONE shelter in New York City. They are animal “rights” organizations not “animal advocates”. The American Kennel Club is a REGISTRY. They have no police powers to regulate kennels. All they can do is withhold registration.
9) It has been PROVEN there is NO PET OVERPOPULATION. Since 2005 the birthrate for puppies has not been meeting the demand. Many rare breeds are declining to the point of extinction due to anti-breeder laws. According to the USDA more than 300,000 dogs were imported in 2013 from foreign countries by SHELTERS. If the current rate of laws and decline continue within 20 years your only source for a puppy may be a shelter “mutt” from Mexico, China or Puerto Rico with possible behavioral issues and NO health testing. Even HSUS admits that 83 percent of owned dogs are spayed or neutered. www.shelterproject.naiaonline.org.
10) There are three main types of breeders: Professional, Pet and Hobby/show breeders. Every one of these can be a large-scale breeder, every one of these could be a substandard breeder. Professional kennels are subject to state and/or federal oversight. Substandard care can be found with all types of breeders. It is about the standard of care, NOT the numbers. Most Professional breeders have state of the art kennels that meet USDA standards and the standards of their state laws. They are inspected at least yearly and must meet or exceed 157 pages of stringent standards far higher than those expected of the average hobby breeder. They are NOT those horrible chicken cages shown on the deceptive commercials of HSUS and ASPCA. If you haven\'t visited a commercial kennel you are not an expert on the subject.
11) “Sick” puppies do not sell. Sick females do not conceive and produce puppies. Sick males do not produce sperm and sire puppies. It is counterproductive for any industry to produce a defective product and expect to stay in business. For every sick puppy found at a pet store, THOUSANDS of perfectly healthy puppies are sold. Any dog can have health issues. It’s about Mother Nature NOT lack of care or numbers.
12) A shelter/rescue dog is NOT for every family. Shelter/rescue dogs come with baggage that can require an EXPERIENCED owner. Shelter/rescue dogs have NO health testing and frequently have behavioral issues that take years of training to overcome. Health care and training for a shelter/rescue dog can cost THOUSANDS of dollars and still not result in a quality pet. Puppies purchased from a shelter or rescue are NOT subject to any state puppy lemon laws. Puppies purchased from a breeder or a pet store are covered under state puppy lemon laws. Obtaining a dog should be a time for rational decision making--not an excuse for moral preening. If \'adopting\' a shelter/rescue dog makes you feel \'better about yourself\', you don\'t need a dog. You need a therapist. You are more likely to purchase a dog with health or behavioral issues from a shelter than a pet store. Many shelters no longer have young animals to sell and have to import them from other states and even FOREIGN COUNTRIES.
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30 Sep 2017

In Missouri on Highway 36 there ARE puppy mills.... one can see their stacked cages and blue tarps (for, I\'m assuming, a lame attempt to block the animals from rain? sleet? snow? freezing cold?). The fact that these horrible people don\'t even bother to hide their victims is a glaring statement that the STATE doesn\'t care. Near Manhattan, KS, there ARE puppy mills.... I have been adopted by one of their victims, who had been forced to have litter after litter and only when her sweet, precious aging body could only produce on or two puppies and the cruel \'humans\' were going to put her down (that means \'kill\', for all those PC ignorant fools) was she able to be rescued. When she arrived at our home she had so many fleas her body was nearly bald and her skin looked like it was moving. She has obvious psychological problems but NEVER ONCE has she attempted to bite or even growl. She runs from people, and she drops flat to the floor if someone picks her up. She gets her way in her own home; after nearly 7 years being tortured and ignored she deserves every ounce of love and patience we have. She is the sweetest of all the rescue dogs we\'d loved and raised, but don\'t tell the others!
Your article sounds swell. You are ignorant and dangerous. There ARE puppy mills. Pet stores DO sell sick puppies. One rescue dog may not be right for a family, but the one in the next cage could be. Instead of slapping the puppy mill owners with a small fine and a wink and nod, push for substantial laws that would first save the animals then shut down the abusers. You\'d get my attention then.
"Obtaining a dog should be a time for rational decision making--not an excuse for moral preening. If \\\'adopting\\\' a shelter/rescue dog makes you feel \\\'better about yourself\\\', you don\\\'t need a dog. You need a therapist." This line is absolutely the most pompous and demeaning statement I\'ve read regarding this subject. The rational decision is to stop the abuse. Was the list of websites at the end of the article supposed to impress the reader into believing your \'research\'?? I\'ve got a list, too: Every animal I\'ve had in the last 40 years has been a rescue, whether from a shelter or the streets, and I thank God they aren\'t suffering anymore.
I understand why you want people to buy from a breeder. If someone could get $1500 for a Chihuahua puppy, why would they then encourage anyone to go to a shelter? My rescue Chihuahua provided the puppy mill in Manhattan, KS, with approx. $13,000. While she lived in a cage. While she suffered years of flea infestation. While she lived in complete fear. Daily. Screw you.

30 Sep 2017

and which United States do YOU live in? i would surely like to visit it.

30 Sep 2017

When you say "puppy mill" is not a legally defined term, and therefore doesn\'t exist, it\'s like saying the "mob" is not a legally defined term, and therefore gangsters don\'t exist.

11 Months Ago

Poor thing is scared to death, it breaks my heart to see any animal treated this way

mrs hunt
11 Months Ago

God Bless You for giving this dog a real world experience at last

John Pasqua
11 Months Ago


Jovy Jergens
11 Months Ago

Puppy mills are an abomination.

11 Months Ago

Ooooohhhhhh my. Could it possibly be that this dog was full APPREHENSION and TREPIDATION after being removed from familiar surroundings, handled by strange people, transported in a strange vehicle, strange smells, strange new environment? Could it be she was instead sizing things up? Think about yourself in a similar situation. Picked up and plunked down in some foreign country not having a clue about where you are, the culture, anything about where you are at and surrounded by complete strangers. Friends? Foe? How do you know? Just something to think about.

Murphy Brown
11 Months Ago

As a rescue myself I would never have subjected this little dog to such a drastic change. to take a old dog that probably spent her whole life in a crate and put her on a strange surface in a strange place in the dark with unfamiliar smells and sounds is too frightening. She probably would have been more secure and felt safer in a clean crate for the night. I know this group does wonderful work but needs to use common sense and put themselves in the dogs place. I am sure you will think I\'m wrong but think about it.

Kate Z
29 Sep 2017

That woman is a saint! Her whole life is dedicated to rescuing these poor creatures and has rescued thousands of them and you think she is not using \'common sense"? That sweet puppy has just begun her wonderful journey on learning how to be loved and will have grass beneath her feet for the rest of her life. She will have new things to learn every day that may scare her but it WILL BE SO MUCH BETTER. You are wrong.

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