GRRI was asked if we
could help by taking some of the rescued puppy mill
dogs. Former GRRI president and long time Golden
breeder Judy Laureano, who now lives in Tennessee,
graciously agreed to help.
arranged, and a sweet gentle female, Dolly, arrived at
Soon after, Dolly
began showing signs of pregnancy ... and sure enough,
she was. We were grateful beyond measure
that Dolly had been sent to Judy, who has so much
breeding experience behind her.
Dolly got excellent
prenatal care and lots of love at Judy's house.
And then, on December 5, 2004, Dolly delivered 11
healthy (and adorable!) puppies!
They grew and grew and grew ... and Dolly was an
Puppy mills are harsh, squalid and inhumane
factory style dog breeding farms that are
incomprehensible to those of us who care about
responsible breeding, and who consider our dogs
to be intelligent, feeling creatures deserving
of safe, comfortable and well loved lives.
puppy mills thrive?
Most puppy mills own hundreds of dogs of
various breeds, and produce thousands of puppies
per year without applying the fundamental
hallmarks of selective breeding and companion
animal care -- such as screening for inheritable
diseases and temperament problems; or providing
proper nutrition, adequate housing, or
appropriate veterinary care. With virtually
none of the standard and humane considerations
at play, puppy milling is a very lucrative
puppy mills regulated?
Although puppy mills are licensed by the
USDA, most fly under the radar of USDA
inspectors, who are already overburdened with
their primary role -- overseeing the nation's
food supply. It's no surprise, then, that
conditions at most puppy mills are substandard
are puppy mills?
In this part of the country, Pennsylvania leads
the list. But the mid-west is the most prolific
puppy mill region.
do these puppies reach consumers?
The millers sell them to puppy brokers, who then
transport and sell them to pet shops nationwide,
where consumers buy them at a high retail price,
and without knowing the abysmal conditions they
perpetuate through their purchase.
are consumers confused?
Most of these puppies are registered with the
AKC, which gives people the mistaken impression
that they have been bred with care and concern.
But the AKC is not a regulatory agency -- and in
this context, they are simply a listing service
that assigns each puppy a unique registration
number and tabulates the number of dogs
registered each year by breed.
Another harsh reality is that there are puppy
When millers go out of business, or simply want
to clear out their *inventory*, they contract
with auctioneers who sell the dogs to the
humane issues such as inheritable diseases,
temperament, proper nutrition, adequate housing
and appropriate vet care are ignored in these
auctions. The only concern is profit -- for the
miller, the auctioneer, and the buyer -- who
most often buys the stock for his or her own
What Can YOU Do About Puppy Mills?
Learn more about puppy mills and help educate
others -- let your search engine be your
guide. The web is filled with informative sites
that will tell you and show you the
truths about puppy mills.
Encourage the media to cover the issue. For
a list of media in your area visit:
neuter your pets. It makes sense for lots
of reasons -- health and pet overpopulation
chief among them. But when you have PUREBRED
dogs, spaying and neutering also prevents your
dogs from becoming puppy mill breeding stock if
they are lost or stolen. (Yes, THIS happens!)
buy a puppy in a pet store, and shop for
supplies ONLY in pet stores that DON'T sell
puppies. Remember: With every pet
store purchase, you send a message to the entire
puppy mill trade.