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Puppy mills are on the rise

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You may not know it, but your best friend, Fido, may have been born in a puppy mill. Local animal shelters say more and more puppy mills are being started in the Cape Fear Region. New Hanover Animal Control Services Manager Jean McNeil says puppy mills have "stacks and stacks of crates where the mothers are never taken out of. The dogs simply have the litters of puppies and these are sold for profit." McNeil has been working at New Hanover County Animal Control for almost two decades.In that time she has seen an increase in the number of puppy mills in our area. She said, "In our Cape Fear area it is a growing problem, and it's been a problem as long as I've been here. We've had a number of major cases across the state where an excess of 600 animals were at two individual locations." She says many people who start a puppy mill will inbreed the dogs to cut down on costs.That can lead to many health issues. McNeil said, "You might end up with just the routine issues that you see, such as the intestinal parasites or the respiratory problems, but congenital defects may not show up until a lot later, like a liver disorder." McNeil says you may not know it, but your dog might have been born in a puppy mill. She says 90 percent of animals sold at pet stores are from puppy mills. She says if you're buying a dog from a breeder, make an unannounced visit. Ask to see where the dogs are kept and ask to see the parents of the dog you want. Also, don’t use papers as a reliable source, because they can be manufactured. McNeil says if you are not allowed to see the living conditions of the animals, it should raise a red flag and to contact animal control if you suspect someone is running a puppy mill. McNeil says animal control officers are looking for tougher state laws to help fight puppy mills. She says they are putting together a list off all the puppy mills across the state to help build their case to lawmakers.

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Puppy Mills

Not everyone that raised puppies is running a puppy mill. I have a couple that I breed. I actually make no money, all you have to do is contact my vet to see how much money I put into my dogs to make sure they are all healthy. If a person wants to buy a puppy from me I have never had a problem with them coming to my house and seeing how my dogs are treated. None of them are in cages, none of them are kept outside. They have free run of the house and a fenced in yard and sleep on the bed. I dont run a puppy mill just because I breed dogs.

puppy mills

Relax - they're not talking about you. They are talking about the LARGE commercial puppy mills on farms and such, not hobby breeders that truly love and care for their pets. If you do not know what they mean by puppy mills, google it and watch the videos. Then you will be able to tell the difference. They are not saying that every single person who breeds a dog is running a puppy mill. There is a huge difference! I'm glad that you love your dogs and raise them with loving care - I just wish everyone else would. The world would be a better place.

Pet Stores?

This may be a dumb question but where are any pet stores in town that sell puppys/kitten? The only places I see are the adoption centers at PetSmart & PetCo. I haven't seen an old fashioned pet store in a long time, certainly not one where you can buy a dog or cat. I purchased my pure breed through a breeder, showed up at their home and was able to see both parents. They were just hobby breeders though and had only the two dogs. I'm just not following where all of these supposed stores selling animals are?

locations of pet stores supporting puppy mills

I don't know where you live, but they are all over. There are a lot of pet stores that support the puppy mills. It's so sad. Just google "puppy mills" and watch the videos. Breaks your heart. Check the yellow pages of your phone book, or of the largest metropolitan area near you.

Selling puppies

Yes, there is a local grooming establishment that sells puppies. I take my dogs to this establishment to be groomed (BTW, the groomer does an excellent job). About puppy mills, I hate to admit that I purchased a puppy from a puppy mill in Watha. Our dog had just died, and I was desperately wanted another dog. I was ignorant about the existence of puppy mills. I found a breeder in Watha on-line, saw a picture of the puppy, and sent her a deposit check. When we went to pick up our puppy, it was clear that she was running a puppy mill. There were dog crates stacked on top of dog crates - 3 to 4 high - everywhere! We took our puppy home, and he was very sick. I stayed with him 24/7 for about a week nursing him back to health. He slept with me in bed on my stomach so I could keep him warm. I am now a much more informed American. I will definitely adopt the next time we bring a new animal home.

The truth about puppy mills

Visit PetShopPuppies.org for the truth about puppy mills and pet store puppies. http://www.petshoppuppies.org

What if??

What if you were buying from a hobby breeder, and showed up unannounced at their home (where hobby breeders have their breeding animals), to inspect how the animals were being kept and make sure it wasn't a "puppy mill", as this article suggest? You are not showing up at a store that is open for business, but at someone's home with their family. What if everyone interested in buying from them did this? What if you were a hobby breeder, breeding from your home, and strangers were looking your address up on the Internet and feeling justified to show up at your door unannounced and demand to see your animals at THEIR convenience?!! You don't know this person and they are showing up at your home wanting to be shown around. Hmmmm If someone is buying an animal from a breeder (has a deposit and signed contract for an animal), and wants to come out and visit the parents, then make an appointment with the breeder, do not just show up unannounced at their home, because most breeders are NOT puppy mills or large scale operations, but are actually hobby breeders doing it from their home. As far as larger scale commercial breeding goes, they do have to have mandatory inspections. They have to be USDA licensed and are open to inspections by the USDA. The ones who are not in compliance with USDA guidelines can be fined or shut down, and prosecuted if they are guilty of abuse. Making more laws does not make the people who are not in compliance with the existing ones obey the new ones, it takes away more rights of the others. We all know murder is illegal...some people do it anyway. Doesn't seem to matter that in NC it can be punishable by death. Some parents are awful and abuse their children...should all the good parents be open for inspection by the government to make sure their maintaining a good environment for their children? (tongue in cheek) Just trying to make a point here, and show other perspectives, so don't read into it. I love animals, but I also like to eat chicken, turkey, and fish, wear leather shoes, and have the right to do so. If these AR folks get their way, those of us who enjoy these freedoms will not have theirs. We are the USA...land of the FREE!!! (supposedly)

A Hobby or a Business?

If a hobby-breeder is making money off of their hobby, it has become a business. If a hobby-breeder is only charging for the care and up-keep of the puppy until the new owner picks it up, it is a non-profit business, but still a business. As soon as you charge someone money for a "product", you have to accept some of the responsibilities of a small business owner. The puppy is only in your home for a few weeks, but it is in the buyer's home for a doggy lifetime. That puppy's personality will affect the daily life of the buyer and seeing what sort of true environment that personality has been formed in is very important. If you don't want to open your house to the public, don't run a business out of your house. Many breeders ask the buyer detailed questions to make sure that puppy is going to a good home. Give the public a chance to put the breeder under the same scrutiny. Suzie is presenting the case of someone who treats their dogs well and just wants to sit down to a family meal without some stranger showing up at the door, but if that breeder has nothing to hide and is advertising dogs for sale, they should expect that for the amount of time that puppies are available. If they are just a hobby breeder, they most likely won't have litters available 24-7, year round. Part of the cost of doing business may be having your house ready for an "open house" just until those tiny puppies are all spoken for and then you can go back to privacy as usual. It seems like a small price to pay to show people that your dogs are actually a better buy than getting puppies from a secretive breeder with something to hide or a petshop. Also, USDA standards do not include painless treatment of animals. We know that dogs feel pain, and it doesn't seem moral to me to raise dogs in a life of pain. I think our government is a long way from including painless practices into the treatment of agriculture so we have to govern ourselves and do the right thing without someone telling us to. Causing pain to another living creature for profit is not the right thing.

Hobby or Business still has right to privacy

I disagree completely with you. Regardless of if anyone is running a business or not they should not have people just dropping by their home uninvited. Stores are not open 24/7 why should a home business be available for drop ins anytime? Also many people work from home. I work from home but do not want cliental coming to my house when my husband is not home for safety reasons. Just like a bank is not open when only one teller is there, and a gas station also always has two or more people working at a time. Americans should be allowed to operate a home business just as safely as a business not in their home. You must have an appointment to see a doctor, Lawyer, contractor, and many other businesses. Store front businesses have hours of operation, home business should have that same right. All business have areas that are off limits to the public My child could be in the hospital and they could be charging me over ten thousand dollars a day to take care of my child yet that don’t give me the right to roam freely around. But let’s just think of dogs here. They are very territorial to have people just coming around looking and touching the dogs is upsetting to them. Do you even have a pet dog or cat? I know in my home when someone comes knocking my cat runs and hides and my dogs bark to say intruder. So are you suggesting that all people and animals living in a home have all rights of privacy be stripped away anytime they want to sell an item by placing an ad? Americans have the right to prosper and as long as they are not breaking any laws and or intruding on the rights of another living creature people should have the right to operate a home based business without giving up the right to privacy. As for the thought “what about the animal’s right” A good breeder is not hurting or abusing their animal. And as for the bad breeders, they mostly sell to pet stores and bargain hunters who want a dog at a cheap price anyway.

Re: Hobby or Business still has right to privacy

Tami, I totally agree. A person breeding out of their home and registered as a breeder with the AKC has a right to determine when someone can show up on their doorstep. My wife and I bought a Yorkie last year and took nearly 8 months of research and "scheduled" visits to finally find the breeder and puppy that were right for us. People need to use their heads and do the research. With the Yorkie breed we found out according to the AKC and American Yorkshire Terrier Club that, OMG, hold on now, there is no such thing as a "Tea Cup" or "Toy" Yorkie and the AKC does not recognize or authorize this ultra-small breeding practice. These are just ways of underhanded breeders to get people to buy the ulta-small dogs which by-the-way, usually have many health problems. Go the the AKC website and search the breed you are interested in, do your research and find the breeder that fits you. If people would stop and think before they act we can put these puppy mills out of business.

Misconceptions

Ms. McNeil is mistaken about the rise of so called “puppy mills.” Indeed, large scale breeders and commercial breeders are on the decline. What makes these large scale breeding operations APPEAR more prominent, thus seemingly on the increase, are the stories published about problematic situations or what is perceived to be harmful environments for animals. Additionally, for commercial breeders there are federal and state laws to protect consumers and animals. Unfortunately, it takes people who WANT to enforce these laws all ready on the books. Many just want to make more laws. Enforcement of existing laws is what is needed. There are laws available to shut down disreputable large scale breeders, too. All it takes is the enforcement of the various laws on the books. These laws exist in More than just the animal control ordinances. They exist in health ordinances, property ordinances, state, county and local ordinances.

Since Ms. McNeil is a veterinarian, albeit not a licensed one in and has never been licensed in the state of NC, she should know that inbreeding of dogs is not as bad a genetic mix as she makes it out to be. This is just another tactic to misinform the unknowing public, and thus, in the rush to “protect” animals, more laws are passed to restrict our rights to our property. Line breeding, inbreeding, outbreeding: all are acceptable methods of breeding dogs, as I am sure Ms. McNeil learned in an Animal Husbandry course in veterinary school. The more disastrous mix are the generic pools of mixed breed dogs. They have genetics which are unknown. They are not healthier than purebreds, but because testing for canine diseases are accomplished on purebred dogs, and more results are available on purebred dogs, the animal rights groups want to show that purebred dogs are less healthy than mixed breed dogs. Now, there is nothing wrong with adopting from an animal shelter or rescue group. Indeed, for those who want a loving pet and want to help a dog or a cat, rescue groups and animal shelters are your best resources. However, mixed breed dogs are not healthier than purebred dogs.

This being said, Ms. McNeil has suggestions for ensuring the puppy you choose is from a reputable person. I would add that if one choose to adopt from a shelter or rescue group, examine them in a similar light. Look for signs of neglect. All shelters are at risk for transmitting communicable diseases from one animal to another. New Hanover Animal Shelter has had its share of adopting out animals with health problems. Ask questions. In Animal Husbandry the should breeder knows the ins and outs of the breed or breeds, has the animal tested for the most common genetic problems and can give you the genealogy of that animal’s background.

For some information about what is going on in our country now: Many people believe that animal rights is the way to protect animals. The ideas of making more laws protecting and considering the rights of animals even over the rights of humans and going all out to release animals from their “bonds” of confinement are just some of the aims of this movement. Political correctness and Hollywoodites, as well as many of those who live in urban areas believe animals should have the utmost protection against what they call the evils out there like “puppy mills,” “ ignorant and irresponsible animal breeders,” hunters, fishermen, and “factory farming.” They do not want to use laws on the books. They want to enact more laws which, ultimately, will erode our unalienable rights that the US Constitution has given to us. There has been a split between the terms “Animal Rights” and “Animal Welfare.” Those who believe in animal rights believe animals are sentient beings and have the right to live free. This includes those who give us furs, shoes, hamburgers, pork and even milk. Most AR individuals and groups believe it is torture to kill an animal for food or clothing. AR groups tout the needed demise of large scale breeding operations and end the so-called overpopulation of animal shelters. Many spew hatred against those who have some mental or physical health issues and allow the number of pets to become problematic and breeders who dare to breed a litter of dogs or cats or even some other species. AR groups like Peta, the HSUS and even the ASPCA flaunt videos showing the unknowing and uneducated urban dwellers the “horrors” of “factory farming,” the evils of hunting and even fishing. Manu urban dwellers have never lived on a farm, been to a farm and knows how their food is prepared. When they see one-sided videos as published by the aforementioned AR groups, these individuals are shocked. We are no long an agricultural nation and have lost our roots in that type of work. These very AR groups are known to have falsified videos for their own agendas, hold on to videos for sensationalism and as a way to shock the general public.

Many individuals, urged on by such AR groups and AR individuals, most of whom are Vegans or Vegetarians, demand our country take action to protect these animals. This naïve zeal transfers itself into the pet community with ease. Years ago, having several breeds of dogs was ok. Breeding dogs was ok. Even those individuals who were well known in the dog show (or cat show) communities, could 20, 40 or even 100 dogs. They weren’t considered the AR term “puppy mill,” and these breeders made many show dogs into what they are today. So, anger mixed with concern mixed with misperceptions about breeders, dogs in shelters and a pet overpopulation. The urban public demanded action, based on what the AR groups’ had for their agendas. There is not an animal overpopulation problem in the USA. If there was an issue, why are dogs in shelters moved from one state to another to accommodate the needs of the other state? Why are hundreds of dogs exported from overseas into our communities? By the way, the majority of the foreign dogs have not been vet checked and arrive with diseases.

Ms. McNeil is a proponent of the animal rights movement. It is generally accepted that most of the members of the New Hanover Animal Control ascribe to the theories of the AR movement. This means they want to eradicate the human rights to give animals more rights. Animal Welfare is caring about and for the welfare of the animals. There are major differences between AR and AW. If you don’t believe the info about the AR movement, please go to: Nation Wide:

1. http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/quacks_like_a_duck.pdf

2. http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/purebred.pdf

3. http://www.akc.org/canine_legislation/position_statements.cfm

4. http://www.cfa.org/articles/legislative/index.html

5. http://www.adoa.org/more/index.cfm?Fuseaction=more_24006...

State Wide:

1. http://www.ncraoa.com/AR_VS_AW.html

2. http://www.ncraoa.com/articles.html

3. http://www.ncraoa.com/articles/canine/Animal%20...

4. http://www.ncraoa.com/articles/canine/future_of_dogs.pdf

puppymills

Glad WWAY is helping to spread the word about puppymills..Jean McNeil did an excellent job providing facts and good educational information...we all need to work together to end the hrorrible business of puppymills.

The dog breeding industry is

The dog breeding industry is a very dirty one, and there are so many lies and so much coverups and business interests hiding their money. These breeders are making big money and cheating everyone in the state, but they always resort to falsehoods and scare tactics when the issue of LAWS and LICENSING comes up, because they want to stay hidden and keep that tax-free money. And keep abusing dogs for profit.

ebtfma is a BREEDER. They

ebtfma is a BREEDER. They quote naia, a group run by an AKC breeder who LOBBIES FOR THE PUPPY MILLS! The AKC makes most of its money from puppy mill registrations, so the AKC and AKC breeders oppose licensing and inspections. Also these breeders are breeding and selling lots more dogs than they say they are- and don't pay taxes! That is why they don't want licensing and inspections. The dog breeders only support Nathan Winograd becausee he got involved with breeder and puppy mill lobbies, and he opposes breeder licensing and laws for them in exchange for promoting him. There are a lot of puppy mills, breeders, and dogfighting breeders ripping off citizens with their tax cheat businesses in this state, and they want to stay unlicensed and uninspected so they can stay off the books!!

One Day

One Day the dogs will rule the earth and we will all be screwed. Hail Puppies!!!! Treebeard I will rule all of Middle Earth...and the squirrels!!

Puppymills

Puppymills is a term invented by the Animal Rights movement and is used by them to describe ANYONE who raises dogs. They also spread the "MYTH" of pet overpopulation. Here is a link to an article on Nathan Winograd, a former San Francisco shelter director and his solution to the problem http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2007/10/02/petscol.DTL Before we go running off to pass new laws that are expensive and impossible to enforce restricing people's right to own property, we need to know BOTH sides of the story. The AR groups HSUS and PeTA just forced through a law in VA using the millons of dollars in donations that people think are going to help animals. That law will virtually END all commercial dog breeders in that state and severely impact the reputable hobby breeders too. Sound good to you? Ask yourself where your next dog is going to come from - a mix from the shelter or a quality purebred from a reputable breeder? You will not have a choice if the AR groups have their way. Laws passed to restrict "puppymills" usually end up hurting the reputable breeders instead and the "puppymills" just move to another area. Think licensing is a solution - there again another hit on the reputable breeders. How would you like to pay THOUSANDS of dollars just to have the right to participate in your hobby? You can not legislate responsible dog ownership. EDUCATE DON'T LEGISLATE. www.naiaonline.org

Doesn't surprise me

Even the town of Burgaw is trying to vote to outlaw bees in the town. I'm sorry, but puppy mills are something that people create, people need to be punished more severely for this. And what is the deal with a town outlawing bees in city limits? This Thursday evening at 6pm at the town hall I'm going to find out!

Puppy Mills Are a Criminal Business

The only way to stop the abuse, the disease, the consumer fraud is to license and inspect breeders. That is what many states do. The reason that breeders oppose licensing and inspections is that many of them are hiding the numbers of dogs that they breed and sell, and are thus able to hide their incomes. They aren't paying taxes!! These breeding operations are big money industries, and the tax cheating and tax crimes (in addition to disease and consumer fraud and abuse) is HUGE!!! They have just taken advantage of lack of rules and laws. It's a criminal industry.

PUPPY MILLS ARE NOTHING BUT

PUPPY MILLS ARE NOTHING BUT ABUSE, WE NEED TO STOP THEM!DOGS ARE LIKE HUMANS THEY HAVE FEELINGS.ITS JUST LIKE TAKING A HUMAN AND STICKING THEM IN A CAGE.THESE DOGS,PUPPYS,ARNT HEALTHY.THEY NEED TO BE LOVED JUST LIKE A CHILD OR A PERSON.THEY KNOW WHATS GOING ON THERE NOT STUPID, BUT THE PEOPLE WHO OWN THESE ''PUPPY MILLS'' ARE!!THESE DOGS DONT COME TO THIS WORLD TO GET ABUSED,NEGLECTED OR MISTREATED THEY CAME TO BE LOVED AND CARED FOR.MY TWO DOGS CAME FROM A PET STORE AND THAT MEANS THEY CAME FROM A PUPPY MILL!THESE DOGS THERE CONFUSED BUT NOT STUPID,THERE DONT KNOW IF THERE GOING TO DIE THE NEXT DAY THEY DONT KNOW IF THERE GONNA STARVE.BUT WHAT THEY KNO IS THERE NOT IN A GOOD PLACE.HOPEFULLY AN ANGEL WILL BE THERE FOR THEM.SOME ANGELS WERE TOO LATE BECAUSE SOME DIDNT SURVIVE.THESE PEOPLE WHO OWN PUPPPY MILLS ARNT LICSENED WHICH MEANS THEY CAN RAISE THESE DOGS,PUPPYS HOW EVER THEY WANT.HALF OF THE TIME WHAT WE CALL''CAGE CRAZY''WHICH MEANS THEY WILL JUST GO IN CIRCLES LIKE THERE CHASING THERE TAILS,ITS BECAUSE they BEEN IN A CAGE FOR WAY OVER 24 HOURS.THEY NEVER COME OUT OF A CAGE FOR EXERSISE OR EVEN TO GO TO THE BATHROOM!SOME DIE FROM NOT GETTING ENOUGH EXERSISE.IF THEY CANT RAISE DOGS THEY RAISE CHILDREN!AND THATS A FACT.AND ITS ALEAGAL IT DOES NOT GIVE THEM A RIGHT TO ABUSE THESE ANIMALS.I ABASALOUTLY LOVE ANIMALS.EVERY DOG YOU BUY FROM A PET STORE IS ABOUT 98% THEY CAME FROM A PUPPY MILL!IF YOU WANT TO STOP PUPPY MILLS GO ON TO,''STOP PUPPY MILLS.COM'' THEY HAVE INFORMATION!all im saying is its not right to do this.im 11 years old and im against this as u can see. respond to me at kayladoherty23@yahoo.com ps.stop it now right now thank you.

And you all know this how????

Many of the comments on this page have said breeders don't want to be licensed and regulated because they don't pay taxes on their puppies--How do you know this?? Which one of you audited breeders tax records? You do not know what you are talking about-As with any business, you weigh monies invested against monies made-and taxes are charged appropriately--IF you lose money you usually do not owe taxes-- North Carolina breeders have to abide by the AWA, just like every other breeder. If you KNOW of a large scale breeding business that does not practice proper husbandry or produce sound animals, call the Department of Agriculture-Call Animal Control-- If you do nothing, you are just as guilty as they are--and if you continue to put all breeders in the same category, you should be careful-they may just rise up and fight back....

LOL

JUST what we need...ANOTHER TAX..do you realize that you have to pay FIVE taxes in this state in order to drive my vehicle....tax when I buy it, county tax every year, inspection, tag cost and drivers license fees...What we need are HARSH criminal, DOING TIME punishments for raising dogs in this manner...NOT to punish law abiding citizens who raise dogs responsibly. Your answer punishes the innocent...which we get punished enough already!

Puppy Mill

I agree. Our government needs to step in and stop this type of crime. It's a crime not to pay your taxes and it's a crime to abuse animals, and that's what this is all the way around.

Puppy Mills

I don't think puppy mills are on the rise, I think that more people are aware of them. They have always been there. It is the fault of the public who keep buying "designer dogs" when there are so many dogs in shelters that need good homes. Hasn't anyone watched the Pedigree adoption drive commercials?

Puppy Mills

Puppy Mills ARE on the rise. Thing is,most of them are well hidden. And,you are correct..people are being educated about this growing problem..they're becoming more aware. I know of one place..and this is not your typical backyard breeder..this is a full-blown Puppy Mill..I'm talkin' stacks of crates IN THIER KITCHEN! Literally hundreds of dogs lined up in pens out in thier back yard. Heck, right here in Wilmington there's a business selling crossbreeds.."Designer Doggies" for thousands of dollars. I believe not to long ago,it was picketed..And,they are NOT healthy..parasites,SCABBIES! The list goes on..which tells you they did NOT come from any reputable breeder. Ugh,it all just makes me sick.

Puppy Mills

There are so many things wrong with Puppy Mills from the horrible health conditions, to the consumer rip off, and how about the millions of dogs that we have to euthanized. For those tax payer who don't think it is any of their business - how about you pay to capture them, house them in local pounds, euthanize them, and then send them to land fills - 17,000 a month from Mecklenburg alone - and those numbers are growing - we all have to take an interest - don't allow stores to sell puppies, no breeders with more than 10 females, and everyone spay & neuter or pay extremely high fines - these people who think my dog doesn't get out, or my dog won't be a man if they are neutered are so much a part of the problem. Did you know that some places send these euthenized dogs to rendering plants and end up in commerical animal products and cosmetics - think about that the next time you have rough hands, or have a hamburg - or feed your own pet