Hopefully, this will help thousands of dogs suffering in puppy mills see a brighter day.Ivy is an animal advocate that currently serves as a volunteer for Faunalytics, a council member of the American Sociological Association's Animals & Society section, a committee member for the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators and a Board member for the Animals and Society Institute.However, the definition that I use is that puppy mills are “large usually filthy facilities that are usually found in rural areas, where puppies are bred in large numbers and usually sold to pet stores via brokers.” (Williams & De Mello, 2007) According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) any breeder that owns more than three breeding female dogs and/or has gross sales over 0 per year is considered a commercial breeder.
The piece also outlines some of the many problems with these facilities and explains how the new Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act (PUPS Act) can address the so-called “Internet loophole” in puppy sales. At this time, there is no standard definition of the term.
It explains what they are, how they came to be, the number that are in operation, and how many dogs are impacted. have seen headlines plastered across newspapers or television screens, “Puppy Mill Bust” or “Puppy Mill Raid.” But what exactly are puppy mills?
Some say the term “high volume breeders” is too broad and can potentially affect smaller breeders that have four or less breeding dogs.
There are also concerns about the fees and inspections that small breeders would now be subject to.
What may be hard to believe today is that the USDA actually promoted puppy mills by advertising that it was a lucrative and failproof business.
Encouraged by the government, farmers started to pack dogs into chicken coops and rabbit hutches and sell puppies to pet stores.
The use of stacked, wire cages makes it difficult to avoid contact with urine, feces, and other infectious diseases due to the dogs’ paws slipping through the wire and into the waste.
Combined with the lack of grooming, environmental cleanliness and oversight, these dogs have a slim chance of living a healthy, happy life.
She is also an independent researcher that focuses on animal ethics, companion animals and the Five Freedoms and public policy.
Ivy and her husband share their home three cats, Catherine, Penelope Winnie and one dog Chloe.