If you purchase a puppy from a pet store, over the Internet or through a newspaper classified ad, you could be perpetuating animal cruelty.
That’s because reputable breeders don’t sell puppies to pet stores or animal brokers, but puppy mills do.
Read about puppy mills in The Province newspaper.
A puppy mill is a high-volume, substandard dog breeding operation that puts profit before the health and welfare of the puppies. The adult dogs used as breeding stock live out their entire lives in cramped, filthy quarters. Often, their crates are stacked on top of each other and they must stand on wire floors or in their own waste.
The puppies are born to ailing parents and sold to pet stores or puppy brokers and then purchased by unsuspecting families. The puppies are commonly under-socialized and prone to a plethora of genetic defects. Pet store customers who try to research the origin of these puppies by contacting the breeder will be routinely met with roadblocks.
In September, BC SPCA cruelty investigators seized 14 badly neglected dogs from a suspected puppy mill in Abbotsford.
The seized dogs were living in poor conditions and suffering from a range of untreated health issues such as ulcerated eyes, eye infections, dental disease, overgrown nails and matting.
You can help fight puppy mills by making the BC SPCA, your local animal shelter or independent rescue groups your first adoption option. Adoption helps reduce the demand for animals from puppy mills and back yard breeders.
Meanwhile, the BC SPCA's cruelty investigations department is working hard to rescue these animals and stop puppy mills operations throughout the province. You can join the fight by supporting the BC SPCA Heroes Fund for Animal Protection. Please donate today. Your gift will save lives and end the suffering of helpless animals. Thank you.
Photo caption: Norman (top) was surrendered to the BC SPCA just days after being purchased from a pet store. 14 more dogs are receiving medical care in protective custody after being rescued from a suspected puppy mill in Abbotsford last month (bottom).
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.