A puppy mill is a commercial dog breeding operation that places profit over the well-being of the dogs and puppies. Puppy mills are located throughout the United States.
Dogs in these operations are often severely neglected with little human contact. The adults rarely receive any grooming or health care. Breeding dogs may spend their entire lives in dirty, overcrowded cages. They receive minimal and poor-quality food and have to drink dirty water. When breeders lose their ability to produce puppies, they are often killed.
Because these operations are motivated by profit, little consideration is placed on the genetic health of the dogs produced. Puppies born in puppy mills can be sick due to unsanitary conditions as well as inherited diseases.
Puppy mills supply virtually all pet stores with puppies. Many of these puppies are also sold directly to the public through the Internet and through newspaper ads. Pedigree papers are often falsified.
Brandy is a former mill dog available for adoption!
For more information about puppy mills and how to help, please visit the ASPCA.
Both dogs pictured are available for adoption through the National Mill Dog Rescue.