Puppy factories

Sometimes I feel like I live under a rock. I recently learnt about ‘puppy factories’, of which I – naïvely – never realised existed. This has left me feeling a little ignorant, as well as sick to my stomach.

The concept of a puppy farm is simple – ‘breeding dogs’ are kept for most of their lives in pens with little exercise or interaction, and used to produce puppies, with little consideration for their health or welfare.

The puppies born in the puppy factories more often than not experience long-term health and behavioural issues due to the environment they were born into, as well as suffering from poor nutrition and lack of socialisation within the first weeks of their lives. As you can imagine, there are other problems such as in-breeding, high mortality rates, poor living conditions (dogs often live with their own filth), a lack (or no) veterinary attention, and so on.

The ‘breeders’ often use newspapers, car sales or false shop fronts to sell the puppies, and sadly some run actual pet shops, thereby selling puppies bred this way to the unsuspecting public.

For more information on this, and a campaign has been set up to abolish puppy factories called ‘Oscar’s Law‘. I warn you – some of the images and stories – like the story of Oscar – are incredibly sad.

The RSPCA has also set up a website where you can pledge your support to closing down puppy factories for good.

19 thoughts on “Puppy factories

  1. re-posted. Yeah..this goes on a lot in the US. There was a store I knew, in a fairly wealthy area, that was closed because the authorities found out they had their own puppy farm.

    • Thanks Stuart. It’s shocking – I was reading about the mills in the US – it seems to have made it’s way over here. I just can’t understand it. And in a wealthy area!!! sheesh.

    • I have to agree Thom. As a proud owner of my pack of 5 (all purebred MUTTS!) I am very aware of puppy mills. If ever I have someone mention that they are going to get a dog I do my best to convince them to get a shelter dog.

  2. Janine,

    Almost 20 years ago, my husband and I purchased a dog at a local shopping mall store that claimed he wasn’t. He lived for 11 years, his first 4 years of life we spent well over $3000 for various health issues. BUT he was a great dog. When he was 11 years old his earlier illness came back BAD…it was the hardest decision we ever made.

    Since that time I’ve noticed NO store is open selling these dogs only SPCA’s are allowed to sell animals in a store. Of course people themselves do it.

    Our current dog we found a local breeder over going to SPCA or family breeding their own dogs for fun.

    Unfortunately this kind of breeding won’t go away unless the laws stiffen up, but it can be done secretly, too.

    Great post, Janine! Being an animal lover it truly breaks my heart seeing these animals in these conditions.

  3. Very worthwhile post! Yes, these puppy mills happen here in the U.S., and it is a disgrace. They are shut down when found and often there will be publicity to try and adopt the animals to loving homes. There is a lot going on here to put loving animals into loving homes, yet there always seems to be those few doing horrible things to make a dollar.

    Glad you took the time to write about this! Yes, adopt shelter animals. Wonderful pets, dogs and cats (and more!) alike can be found there.


  4. Hi Janine, I know it is shocking. I haven’t heard of puppy farms but last year someone we knew went to buy a special breed of cat from a lady who precisely does this. She breeds this pedigree and sells them for a lot of money. I am surprised when people pay for this.

    Thanks for bring awareness to this topic!

  5. I would like to say thanks a lot for the work you have made in writing this post. I am hoping the same most effective work from you down the road also.

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