What is a puppy mill?
A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.1
According to the Humane Society of the United States, thousands of puppy mills are located around the country. A high concentration of both puppy mills and breeders has been reported to be in the states of Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. Lancaster County, PA, has the highest concentration of puppy mills of any county in the nation and has earned the dubious nickname of “Puppy Mill Capital of the East”.2
A Local Pet Store Says Its Dogs Aren’t from a Mill. Is That True?
The fact is, responsible breeders would never sell a puppy through a pet store because they want to screen potential buyers to ensure that the puppies are going to good homes.1
Take Action, USA
In May 2012, the USDA issued a proposal that would require Internet-based puppy mills to be federally licensed and inspected under the Animal Welfare Act. Please urge President Obama to finalize the USDA’s rule as quickly as possible.