puppy-mills1Jacki Flanigan of walkwiththepack.org.  Jacki discussed banning puppy mills & adopting rescue dogs, and more. Jacki Flanigan was such a delight to speak with, her interview is very much worthy of this re-broadcast as the cause is just as current today as the day it aired. Please listen and do what you can to help such a cause. Below is an excerpt from http://www.walkwiththepack.org/

WHAT ARE “PUPPY MILLS” AND WHY ARE WE RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT THEM?

“USDA licensed kennels” (puppy mills) are large-scale dog breeding facilities, notorious for the substandard care and cruelty inflected on innocent animals. Dogs in puppy mills often spend their entire lives in tiny, filthy, cramped wire cages, unprotected from extreme weather conditions. The parents suffer from over-breeding, lack of veterinary care, and inadequate food & water. They are never touched with kindness and don’t have the normal, happy lives that all dogs deserve.
Millers profit by offering a never ending supply of puppies sold to an unassuming public through pet stores, websites, and various forms of newspaper ads.
To see an end to the deplorable and disturbing conditions endured by these dogs, the public must first be made aware about the hidden truth behind puppy mills and understand where these animals are born. Learn and be awakened! Not buying from puppy mill vendors is the best place to start helping our best friends. We urge the public to adopt or rescue their next dog. Those who still want to buy dogs we encourage to do this responsibly. That means doing extensive research on a breeder and meeting the mother in person.

  • David gunter

    I’m sure not all “puppy mills” are like your guest described. I’m sure there are some loving dog breeders. All you are doing is driving up the cost of puppys. Besides, what ever happened to free enterprise. They’re just trying to make a living like you and me. If you don’t like it don’t buy a puppy from them and educate others but banning is unamerican.

  • Warren Taylor

    Being a cat person, I am more familiar with “kitten mills”, but I think the same principles apply here. We have purchases three cat from breeders over the last 40 years (not kittens, all were adults being retired from breeding), and I agree with some of the cautions in this story. Specifically, I would never buy from a breeder I could not visit, both to see how the animals are raised and to evaluate how he treats them. Our two Ocicat girls were clearly raised with care and love, and were retired from breeding while still pretty young and full of life. They are the best behaved felines ever to own us, going back over 40 years, and both are absolute joys.