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by Danna Storey
Most of you have probably not heard about the disgusting sale of puppies from mass breeders or “puppy mills.” Puppy mills, also known as backyard breeders are places where dogs are kept in awful conditions. They are not offered food or water on a regular basis; cages are stacked upon each other with often more than two dogs per cage. Females are bred every heat cycle they encounter. If the mother snaps at the breeder’s hand when her puppies are taken from her, her jaw is often broken and left there to heal by itself. Since the dogs are kept in wire cages, if the hairless puppies are born in the heat of summer, they often cook on the floors of their wire cages. These conditions are appalling. I cannot imagine a dog living in these conditions until the greedy breeder is caught and the dogs are rescued. For many dogs, there first time out of their cages and onto real ground is after they have been rescued. How can we stop this? Simple. Don’t support pet stores. Pet stores often get their puppies from backyard breeders, often claiming that the puppies are purebred, healthy and have a great temperament. You may get a healthy one, but think about you may be supporting. Buying a puppy from a reputable breeder is the way to go. Sure, the dogs cost more in the beginning but you are saving money and tears in the long run by not having to watch your puppy suffer and having to pay endless vet bills. So, next time you want to look around for dog, go to the Pet Corral. They only carry one dog at a time and they get their dog from the animal rescue league's" Adopt a Pet” program. Pet Corral can also offer lists of reputable breeders so you can make an informed decision. If we all stop spending money at pet stores we are decreasing the demand, and maybe saving innocent puppies lives!