Puppy Mills

canine welfare blog

Harley Leaves Lasting Legacy

An influential Chihuahua rescued from a puppy mill who went on to lead a movement died March 20, 2016. It was a power washer that claimed Harley's left eye as his cage was cleaned inside an Oklahoma puppy mill years ago. But in losing his own sight, he helped so many...

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Sick Breeders, Sick Dogs : A Veterinarians View

A responsible breeder: only breeds dogs without hereditary diseases. breeds a female dog at maximum once every other heat cycle. shows concern for the health and welfare of their dogs and the puppies they raise. takes their breeding stock to a veterinarian for care...

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Stella’s Story

A few years ago, my husband and I were out walking our dog Stella when we ran into a couple who were also walking their dogs. While our dogs played, we got to know each other and they spoke about something we had never heard of - "puppy mills." On the way home, my...

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Rallying for the Dogs

Pinky, Max and Rogue Less than two weeks after Pinky left a Denver pet store she was at the vet’s with a chronic cough, lethargy, and bloody diarrhea. Five thousand dollars later, Pinky’s new owners brought her home. She died a week later. Then there is Max and Rogue,...

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That Doggie in the Window

Puppy Mills: An Historical Perspective The idea of puppy mills came from the USDA’s attempt to introduce another source of income to struggling farmers right after World War II. Unfortunately, most farmers had no experience with canine animal husbandry or genetics and...

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