Do you know where you exactly where the dog you bought came from? Did you buy your dog at a pet store somewhere close and convenient to you? Well, the dog that you bought from a pet store, has most likely been raised in Puppy Mill. 

A Puppy Mill is a type of commercial dog breeding facility, with inhumane care of the animals, and is all for profit. There are an estimated 4,000 Puppy Mills in the United States of America that produce more than half a million puppies a year. These Mills are all over the world. 

In Australia, around 450,000 puppies are sold each year and in the United Kingdom, up to 400,000 are sold. Why are these Puppy Mills still in effect? Because people are buying dogs from pet stores, rather than rescuing a dog from a shelter. 

If you plan on buying a dog, you should rescue one. Do not buy into the underground system which is still running because of these pet stores selling dogs. These Puppy Mills house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, without the proper care. 

Do not buy into the underground system which is still running because of these pet stores selling dogs. These Puppy Mills house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, without the proper care. 

Little food and water are provided to these puppies, which lead to drastic health problems. The dogs in the Mills rarely go outside, which means no time to walk or play outside. They do not get to interact with humans besides their owners, and this can lead to behavioral problems. Long term stress, and mental problems occur with these dogs because of their life growing up in these Mills. 

When these dogs are also traveling for long periods of time, this can be a big factor of death in these dogs. Puppy Mills are a version of a factory, just minus the slaughtering of these dogs for food purposes. 

When these puppies are in overcrowded spaces in the mills, they get scared, and they get diseases, which easily spreads from dog to dog. Of course, these dogs are not taken care of by their Puppy Mill owners. The dogs then start to be aggressive towards each other as well. You get the point. 

We need your help and support to take down these inhumane, and awful puppy mills! Please like our page on Facebook, “Help us shut down puppy mills”. We need all of the support we can get, so we can try and get this PA Bill passed. All it takes is one supporter, and you could be that one supporter. Let’s help these animals from the cruelty they have been in as soon as possible! If you have any questions, please contact my email: MS868586@wcupa.edu.

Michael Silvestri is a student at West Chester University majoring in political science. MS868586@wcupa.edu

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