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How Much Is That Doggy In The Window.....Too Much!!Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at 5:25 PM
These two pups are Boomer and Delta's babies that SEPR rescued in January. They were not part of a mill, but most likely some backyard breeding for money.
Iowa is ranked #2 in the nation for the number of puppy mills. This seems to be a popular form of income for the Amish and Mennonite people. Over 23,000 adult dogs are being bred. Many facilities house up to 500 dogs at a time. Puppy mills are USDA licensed and sell their puppies wholesale through pet stores, brokers, and dealers. State licensed facilities have more than 3 intact breeding dogs and sell offspring directly to the public via ads, internet, etc. The USDA is to conduct routine inspections of these facilities. There are not enough inspectors to properly carry this work load. Furthermore, in my opinion, dogs are not livestock and should not be treated as such.
So what are you getting when you buy a puppy from one of these facilities? A puppy that has probably been a product of inbreeding which can lead to health problems, a puppy that has not been properly socialized, has been taken from it's mother and litter mates too soon. A puppy that may have aggression issues due to overcrowding, and competitive for food and space. These puppies can be difficult to potty train because it has been acceptable to mess in their crate.
If you are insistent on getting a puppy as a pet, check the shelters, insist on seeing the pups mom and dad if you buy elsewhere. Ask to see the facility. Go to the site, ask questions, and get legitimate records from a vet showing the pups current medical records. Don't accept excuses as to why you can't get this information or see the parents. It is the owners way of hiding what they don't want you to see.
If you would like more information about where these mills are, who is running them, and how to put an end to the suffering, go to www.iavotersforcompanionanimals.org
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My name is Stephanie O'Brien. I'm an animal lover and enjoy volunteering. I have combined those passions into providing a temporary home to animals that would otherwise be sitting in a shelter or worse, euthanized due to lack of room in a shelter. For the past two years I've fostered pit bull type dogs for a rescue in South Dakota. I've also had the opportunity to do some presentations on responsible pet ownership and have been involved in fighting breed specific legislation in SD and IA. I'm looking forward to providing the readers with animal related topics and possibly answer any questions you may have. Enjoy! Stephanie Sioux Empire Pit Rescue Volunteer