Report a Puppy Mill or Abuse

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Are you aware of a puppy mill or a case of dogs being abused near you? Do you know someone who is producing puppies for profit or as a business and sells more than 2 litters of puppies in a year? Do you have knowledge of someone keeping several dogs in unsanitary conditions or dogs that are obviously in need of vet care? Report it to the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) Program, which is a licensing and inspection program dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of those animals in pet care facilities throughout Colorado.

If you are suspicious that your puppy may have been produced in a puppy mill, contact Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare, and we will investigate. Just tell us where you bought your puppy, and show us the registration and purchase papers.

You can also make a Public Records request for reports on a Pet Animal Care Facility in Colorado.

What is PACFA?

The Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) gives the Colorado Department of Agriculture the statutory authority to license and inspect all pet animal care facilities. Any person who is operating a pet animal facility that engages in selling, transferring, adopting, breeding, boarding, training, grooming, sheltering or rescuing any pet animal may need to be licensed with the Colorado Department of Agriculture. For 3CW, the big ones are breeding and retail facilities–puppy mills and pet stores.

The Pet Animal Care Facilities Program, overseen by the Commissioner of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, was authorized to ensure that pet care facilities meet minimum standards for physical facilities; sanitation; ventilation; lighting; heating; cooling; humidity; spatial and enclosure requirements; nutrition; humane care; medical treatment; methods of operation and record keeping.

Other places to report mills and cruelty

Check Puppy Stores in Advance

In addition to PACFA (above), these organizations often report problems with puppy stores:

Better Business Bureau
Ripoff Report
Complaints Board