Did you know that most pet stores purchase their puppies from puppy mills? Their motive is purely monetary -- higher profits. These stores want "product" in volume for the lowest price possible and that's what puppy mills are in business to provide. Pet stores also bank on the relationship between families and their new puppies being so strong that puppies who begin to exhibit health or behavioral problems will not be returned. Wanting to "rescue" a puppy from its cage at the pet store only reinforces the cycle of supply and demand that keeps puppy mills profitable.
In contrast, puppy mills are commercial enterprises which breed dogs in significant numbers for profit. While puppy mills are not inherently illegal, their operators consider their dogs only as a commodity, as income-producing machines. Maximization of profit is the primary goal. This allows for no screening of genetic problems, and veterinary care is minimal or nonexistent. Provisions for the comfort and well being of the dogs are regarded as expenses kept to an absolute minimum. Dogs not on display for potential buyers are kept in cramped wire cages twenty-four hours a day, often unprotected from the elements.
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The following is a brief summary of the Dog Purchaser Protection Act. It does not include every aspect of the law and UAPM does not guarantee coverage. We urge you to read the act in its entirety via the link above or call (800) 441-2555 for a copy.
Note: If you find yourself in a situation to which this law applies, we would strongly urge you to elect to keep the puppy and demand medical reimbursement. This will prevent the seller from simply reselling the dog to another person or otherwise disposing of it. We believe this course of action will have the best chance of discouraging unethical behavior on the part of these breeders as well as being in the best interests of the puppy.
Please, above all, avoid putting money into the puppy mill system that perpetuates so much misery for dogs.
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