Puppy mills, large commercial dog breeding facilities, should not have a place in today’s world – prioritizing profit, as fast and easy as possible, these facilities are real-life nightmares to the dogs being born and living in their structures. Puppy mills are often compared to factory farms and for good reason.
In puppy mills, breeding dogs are typically kept in small and terribly crowded cages, provided with only the bare minimum – just enough food and water to keep them alive. They cannot count on much more. Because of the abhorrent conditions the animals have to endure, health issues among dogs in puppy mills are practically a given – they range from matted fur, eye, ear, and throat infections, dental problems, to serious genetic deformities. Where do the dogs from puppy mills end up? In pet stores, in yet another small cage, until somebody gives them a chance – but, unfortunately, that chance is also unavoidably a profit for the very puppy mill the dogs came from.
On June 16, 2017, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) assisted the Wolfeboro Police Department in the rescue of 84 Great Danes. The dogs were rescued from a suspected puppy mill in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Some of them adults, some younger dogs, the Great Danes were being kept in unsafe and unsanitary conditions – crowded in little enclosures with no water nor food in sight, the floor covered in urine and excrement.
All of the dogs were rescued and transported to a temporary emergency animal shelter. There, they will be examined by the veterinary team and will receive all necessary treatments before they can be deemed eligible for adoption – and start their new lives!
To learn more about HSUS and their life-saving work, click here.