Where Did Your Puppy Come From?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 4:15pm

Holly Springs, MississippiThe ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team found more than 95 severely underweight dogs living in feces-encrusted pens. The amount of neglect was shocking. Skin disease, rotted teeth, malnutrition and infection were widespread. Several dead dogs and puppies were discovered on the property.

In puppy mills, breeder dogs—many too sick to move—suffer with little to no medical care, inadequate food and no break from misery. They are treated as puppy‐making machines. And when they can no longer breed, they are simply discarded.

"Simply put, these dogs are considered a cash crop—the more puppies they can crank out, the more money the mills can make,” says Cori Menkin, ASPCA Senior Director of Legislative Initiatives. “When the dogs can no longer produce, they are deemed worthless, just like broken equipment." 

It is a shameful and cruel industry—and purchasing a puppy from a pet store is the number one way to support it. But with your support, we continue to make life-saving changes.

Whether we are rescuing them from squalid mills or working hard to pass humane legislation—every single day, the ASPCA fights for these dogs. Please join our fight against puppy mills. Pledge not to buy your next pet or any pet supplies from retail stores that sell puppies. With your help, we can put an end this vicious cycle of cruelty.

To learn more about our efforts to combat this cruel industry, visit our Puppy Mill Section.