Puppy mills contribute to pet overpopulation and cause countless dogs lifetimes of suffering in squalid wire cages. Help us stop this cycle of cruelty: Do your research before getting a puppy, and look into adopting a dog from your local shelter. -
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs. Unlike responsible breeders, who place the utmost importance on producing the healthiest puppies possible, breeding at puppy mills is performed without consideration of genetic quality. This results in generations of dogs with unchecked hereditary defects.
Some puppy mill puppies are sold to pet shops—usually through a broker, or middleman—and marketed as young as eight weeks of age. The lineage records of puppy mill dogs are often falsified. Other puppy mill puppies are sold directly to the public, including over the Internet, through newspaper ads, and at swap meets and flea markets.
Find out more about Puppy Mills:
There are two ways of helping to bring these puppy mills to an end right here in your own city:
Contact CMPD's Crime Stoppers
to report any suspicious activities.
Contact The Humane Society of the United States
to report dog fighting.
*The HSUS and Crime Stoppers offer cash rewards only
when tips lead to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in a dog fighting or cock fighting investigation.*
Puppy mill puppies are usually sold online or in stores. How to know if that puppy you're looking at comes from a puppy mill:
- The owner of the puppy will not let you see where the puppies are kept.
- The owner will not have the one or both of the parents on sight so you can see what the puppy will look like when they grow up.
- The owner may have you come to their house but beware if they bring the puppies to you instead of taking you to the litter.
- Responsible breeders will ask you questions about your interest in the breed and the care that you plan to give to your new puppy. Most responsible breeders even have you sign a contact in regards to spaying or neutering your puppy within a certain time period.
- If, for any reason, you feel that you need to rehome your pet, the breeder will ask you to bring the pup back to them instead of rehoming them or sending them to a shelter.
- Owners of puppy mills will generally have more than one breed for sale. Some breeders will breed two breeds at a time if they are small breeds but if there's more than two listed then they could be a mill.
- Responsible breeders will have health guarantees and even offer you the chance to bring your puppy back if health issues arise. Puppy mill owners will make all sales final.
- Puppy mill owners sometimes have their puppies up-to-date on their shots but only the bare necessities. They don't do genetic testing as they don't care whether their pups are healthy or not.
- Just because your puppy comes with papers (AKC or CKC) doesn't mean they aren't mill puppies.
- Puppy mills are not limited to puppies. Mill owners will also be breeding other animals such as cats, rabbits, and rodents.
All photos were taken during the puppy mill raid in August 2008, in Denver, NC named Operation Noah's Ark.