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Today is Puppy Mill Awareness Day and we’re spreading the word about this tragic issue affecting people and dogs in North Texas.
According to the ASPCA, “a puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding facility where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.” Often the female dogs being bred are kept in small, filthy cages and not given proper medical care or nourishment. These crowded, unsanitary conditions allow for the spread of disease and often result in sick puppies. Puppy mill breeders sell in questionable locations such as flea markets, parking lots and the internet but also sell their puppies directly to pet stores.
Below are some photos from two different alleged puppy mills the SPCA of Texas investigated earlier this year.
The Texas puppy mill bill, known as the Large-Scale Commercial Dog and Cat Breeder Bill, took effect on September 1, 2012. It provides guidelines for the treatment of animals in large-scale commercial breeding operations in Texas, defined as breeders who keep 11 or more breeding females or sell 20 or more puppies or kittens a year. The law specifies that certain parameters exist for such animals, including feeding, space, shelter, ventilation and medical care, and is administered by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
Responsible breeders will meet you in person, allow you to see the puppy’s mother in her living conditions and be able to provide medical records and licensing upon request. These breeders carefully monitor the mother’s health and only plan on a certain number of litters. A responsible breeder will likely want to visit your home prior to approving your purchase, as they want to make sure it is a safe and caring environment for the puppy.
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