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Demand More Vet Visits for Puppy Mill Dogs!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 9:30am
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Just take a quick look at these distressing photos, and it’s obvious: Many puppy mill dogs clearly do not receive adequate veterinary care. The dogs in these photos are suffering from symptoms of grave neglect—emaciation, severe matting, advanced dental disease, eye and ear infections, skin diseases and mammary growths—that indicate a lack of regular, preventive veterinary care. This is especially true of adult breeding dogs, who typically are bred at every opportunity regardless of their health.

Why does this happen? Part of the problem is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the enforcement agency for dog breeding requirements outlined in the Animal Welfare Act, recommends that facilities have veterinarians visit a minimum of once a year. An annual veterinary exam may be sufficient for a well-cared-for pet, but for dogs living in crowded, filthy enclosures and enduring frequent pregnancies—which vets consider a state of “accelerated starvation” because it is so physically taxing—annual vet visits are simply not enough.

Take Action!
The USDA is accepting comments on its veterinary care policy until Friday, October 11. Please tell the agency to revise its policy to recommend twice-a-year vet exams for animals, especially breeding animals. Submit your comments directly on this government webpage—we’ve provided talking points you may use (below), but your message will be more powerful if you tell the USDA how you feel in your own words.

The USDA’s Policy #3 on veterinary care falls short of common professional standards. The recommendation that veterinary visits occur “at least annually” is not sufficient to protect animals.
-Breeding dogs frequently suffer from emaciation, severe matting, advanced dental disease, eye and ear infection, skin diseases, and mammary growths that indicate a lack of regular, preventive care.
-Organizations including the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, the American Kennel Club, the American College of Theriogenologists and the Society for Theriogenology recommend semiannual veterinary exams and veterinary exams prior to breeding.
-Please revise Policy #3 to recommend a hands-on veterinary exam at least twice annually for all animals, particularly those bred more than once a year.


On behalf of the puppy mill dogs, thank you for your help.

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Michelle Moschorak

Agreed 100%

Richard York

All dogs deserve better. Change the law please

Michelle Moschorak

Puppy Mills breed nothing but Misery. There are way to many animals in this world that are homeless, that are used to fight or as bait dogs, that get euthanized everyday due to stupidity of man kind. Puppy mills just add to the problem.These beautiful creature want nothing more then to be loved and give love back. 4 legged animals deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

Donna Zingarelli

What is wrong with you people-would you like you child to live in those conditions?-well...then do something about it...get these dogs vet care and clean and comfortable living conditions and stop breeding-it's criminal-I adopted a puppy mill rescue 2 years ago and she is still afraid of anyone but me.

Jessica Stackpole

The USDA’s Policy #3 on veterinary care falls short of common professional standards. The recommendation that veterinary visits occur “at least annually” is not sufficient to protect animals


One of my dogs came from a puppy mill. He was so damaged, mentally and physically. It took me years to get him to the point he is today, which is a very happy little boy, except for the fact that he will never be physically well. His back and hips are screwed up. He has had one major spinal surgery already. He was so malnourished when he was rescued. He is afraid to go without eating. His brother and sister were never able to be placed because they could not be socialized after the abuse and starvation they endured. It took a lot of patience and understanding to bring me little guy out of the master bathroom, where he would cower. I wouldn't trade him for the world now, but there are thousands more just like him. Please, do something right for a change. Help these babies who have no one to speak for them.


Done. I hope it helps these poor babies.


Shame on us if we stand by and do nothing about these innocent little beings! Their only wish is to love and be loved unconditionally! My husband and I have saved two! How else can we be of help? Blessings to the founder of this organization and to those that are willing to make a difference in the lives of these voiceless and adoring creations.


Please help these dogs. They did not do anything to deserve this neglect. Puppy Mills should be shut down and these pups deserve to be helped and placed in a loving furever home.

Katie Matsumura

There is no reason for puppy mills to still be in order. There are hundreds of thousands of amazing dogs in shelters that need homes. Please prevent these abhorrent mills from continuing to operate. Enough is enough!