The Columbus Dispatch
By: Gina Moraz, ASPCA
May 11, 2016
There are an estimated 10,000 puppy mills in the United States. These large-scale commercial breeding operations churn puppies out with no regard for their health or the wellbeing of their mothers, who often are bred at every heat cycle with no breaks for their bodies to recover. Once these dogs no longer can produce puppies, they are discarded. Meanwhile, the puppies are typically kept in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization, and then shipped to pet stores around the country. They arrive sometimes suffering from life-threatening diseases.
This truth is kept from unwitting consumers, who see cute puppies in the window and are misleadingly assured that dogs from USDA-licensed breeders are always healthy and humanely raised. These owners often end up with sick animals, and their purchases perpetuate an industry that relies on cruelty to create profit.