Can you Spot a Puppy Mill Puppy?


Puppy mills are bad. This is a universal fact acknowledged by everyone except people who run puppy mills. During Puppy Mill Action Week, we’re helping you recognize a puppy mill puppy and what to do if you find a puppy mill.

Can you recognize the signs? If you’re viewing or considering adopting a puppy, look for these signs to ascertain whether it may be from a puppy mill. Most mills will exhibit these characteristics:

  • A seller or breeder refuses to provide the name of his or her veterinarian.
  • A person holds a sign on the side of the road, outside shops, or near a busy roadway trying to sell puppies.
  • A breeder offers multiple breeds for sale or “rare” or “new” breeds.
  • The seller wants to meet you in a public place to complete the sale.
  • The person does not ask you any questions other than money and pickup arrangements. Any legitimate breeder should care who his or her puppies end up with and ensure they are going to suitable homes.
  • A person sells puppies at everyday events, such as garage sales or flea markets.
  • They will not allow you to meet the breeding parents or view the home or business facility.

Can you spot a puppy mill puppy?

  • No Parents. If the breeder cannot let you meet the parents, you should walk away.
  • Too Young. Another way they can cut their costs is by giving you the puppy early, because they do not have to feed them, give them shots, etc.
  • Fear and trembling
  • Shyness
  • Aggression or anxiety
  • Food aggression
  • Difficult to housebreak or train
  • Stunted height or depth perception
  • Light sensitivity or avoidance
  • Predisposition to numerous illnesses

What to do if you suspect a puppy mill

If you have information about a potentially illegal puppy mill or animal fighting operation, call your local police department or animal control agency. Give them as many details as you can about the suspected animal fighting operation or illegal puppy mill situation. You do not need to give your name to law enforcement to report your information.



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