A Target 11 investigation discovers puppy mills are still churning out dogs, even after a state crackdown. The operations are being hidden in barns and basements.
As ASPCA investigators have found out, the photos of happy, healthy puppies posted on a breeder’s website often grossly misrepresent what conditions are really like for these puppies and their parents.
“All the animals outside, all their water was frozen. I didn’t see any food anywhere,” Nadasi told NewsCenter 7. “Every (dog) we brought in here to feed is starving.”
Back on November 17th a raid on Pedigree Pets in Ohio led to the rescue of 241 dogs that were being kept in deplorable conditions.
Many of the dogs, which Benevento-Brown assumed had been kept only for breeding purposes, are fearful or anxious around people.
As public education campaigns continue, more people are starting to connect the cute puppies sold in pet stores to the puppy mills where they originate. However, the images of mother dogs in small cages and squalid conditions are just part of the story.
The sweet stories they are telling you online is not what’s really going on behind the scenes – animal cruelty, abuse, starvation, minimal, if any, medical care, and no socialization for the dogs.