What comes to mind when you picture a “puppy mill?” Heartbreaking images of malnourished dogs living in filthy, unhealthy conditions? Stacked, cramped cages as far as the eye can see? Dogs who live out their entire lives with little or no care, exercise or socialization?
Puppy mills are unlicensed mass-breeding operations that are inhumane, cruel, and illegal. Unlike USDA licensed breeders, puppy mills are unregulated and operate with no oversight from any government agency.
Unfortunately, there are some people who indiscriminately use the phrase “Puppy Mill” to refer to all breeders. Whether intentionally or accidentally, they fail to distinguish between licensed, inspected breeders and unscrupulous bad actors. This confusion actually make things worse as it unfairly punishes breeders working to ensure animals come from safe and healthy environments.
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