Where is your dog’s Momma?

As I sit here with my furry dog children by my side, I can’t help but feel very sad about the mother dogs that are assigned the life of living in a wire cage with a wire bottom for their entire, short lived, life.  Being bred up to 4 times a year, never seeing the sunlight, never feeling the warm touch of a human, never feeling the grass under their feet. These innocent Mothers are stuck in filthy, wire cages with hardly enough room to turn around.  They are bred until their little bodies can no longer handle it, at which time they are destroyed, because they are no longer money makers.

Dogs were found in small cages during the raid on Patricia Yates' puppy mill in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. Meredith Lee

Dogs were found in small cages during the raid on Patricia Yates’ puppy mill in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. Meredith Lee

These Puppy Mill Mothers never get the opportunity to develop a relationship with their babies. The poor babies don’t have the time to properly bond with their mothers because they are torn away at a young age to be sold at a pet store. This is what life is like in mass production facilities where dogs are bred solely to produce puppies for monetary value.

Refer to a Puppy Mill expose on RollingStone.com with HSUS photos.

Shedding light on the puppy mill industry is a very heavy burden, however, most people do not know where store bought, or online purchased puppies come from.  puppy mill, sometimes known as a puppy farm,[1] is a type of commercial dog breeding facility. Although no standardized legal definition for “puppy mill” exists, a definition was established in Avenson v. Zegart in 1984 as “a dog breeding operation in which the health of the dogs is disregarded in order to maintain a low overhead and maximize profits”.[2] The ASPCA uses a similar definition: “a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.”[3] According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are an estimated 10,000 licensed and unlicensed puppy mills in the United States, in total selling more than 2,000,000 puppies annually.[4] Commercial kennels may be licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture and state and local jurisdictions which may inspect the kennels routinely.[5]

No reputable breeder would ever sell their puppies to a pet store! Breeders take pride in interviewing and speaking to every family that may adopt one of their precious puppies. They are proud to show you the parent dogs and where the litter was whelped.  Some breeders require vet checks and personal reference checks to be sure that you are the best family for one of their puppies.  Even going through a rescue group, the normal procedure is reference checks, vet checks and home visits. It is always very important that puppies and dogs are placed in the safest best home for them thrive.  Everyone involved in a puppy’s life should hope for an appropriate forever home.

Puppy stores are very far and few between but there are still a few that have not been closed. In Plainville, MA residents are working hard to pass a bylaw to ban the sale of Puppy mill puppies in their town.  You can view the Article # 3 here.

Other cities and towns in Massachusetts already have similar bylaws, including, Stoneham, Cambridge and Boston.

Here is an article from The Sun Chronicle discussing the Board of Selectmen meeting in March 2018 in Plainville, MA to not allow a pet store to open in town.

Watch the Youtube video.

The discussion begins at the 2-hour mark and includes a letter from pet store owner Scott Bergantino.

There is a lot of curiosity regarding pet stores. Who doesn’t want to pet the fuzzy babies, smell their puppy breath, feel how excited they are for human interaction.  It could be a danger to both you and your beloved pets at home, to enter one of these pet stores.  Puppies commonly carry highly contagious diseases from parasites and worms, to serious diseases such as parvo and kennel cough. These diseases can be transferred into your home via your shoes and clothing or even your hands. I have seen first hand people becoming ill with parasites and needing hospitalization from cleaning up after their sick puppy they unknowingly purchased from a puppy mill breeder online.   Norma Jeanne Laurette, Founder and Chair Woman of the International Positive Dog Training Association and Founder of Canine Correspondence Studies states  If the puppies being touched have kennel cough or parvo virus, people touching these puppies can spread the virus and as we know, parvo virus can lead to death.

Here is an article from CNN showing an example of antibiotic resistant bacteria infecting multiple people via contact with puppies sold in a known puppy mill pet store.

The CDC lists these communicable disease that can be contracted from puppies to humans.

 Notice these puppies are required to lay on shredded paper or a cold metal floor

Notice these puppies are required to lay on shredded paper or a cold metal floor. They do not get a warm bed. No toys are present. These are innocent young puppies who have never felt the comforting touch of a human, have never felt the Sun and wind in their fur, have never experienced the comforting cleaning from their mothers nor have they received appropriate socialization.  Norma Jeanne Laurette’s research and experience has said A puppy that is not properly socialized during the social period runs a high risk of becoming fearful and anti-social. Because most dog bites are caused by fear our main concern is aggression. And as we know living in fear is no fun so another concern is a compromised quality of life for the dog.  The crucial socialization period Norma Jeanne points out states this canine socialization period is over at approximately 4 months of age.

 two large breed puppies crammed into a wire cage with a gerbil water bottle

Here in the photo above, we see two large breed puppies crammed into a wire cage with a gerbil water bottle located at a pet store in Plainville, MA. We were unable to get an answer as to why these two puppies were crammed in a wire cage.  Notice the bottom of this wire cage is also wire. As you can see the other 20 something puppies are stored in metal file cabinet type compartments.  They do not get to see each other, play with each other or even see the human faces vying to pet them.

taken inside a pet store in Plainville

The above photos were taken inside a pet store in Plainville, MA on Saturday May 12, 2018 with photo credit given to Diane Clemens.

I urge YOU to take action against Puppy Mills today.  Ask your local State Representatives to pass a bylaw banning the sale of puppy mill puppies in your town.

Plainville, MA has a town vote on June 4, 2018 for Plainville residents to Vote YES on Article # 3

Show your support in Plainville, MA at this event to STOP the sale of Puppy Mill Puppies on Saturday June 2, 2018 at 11 am






  1. Linda Day

    Shut down any pet store with dogs and cats for sale!!!

  2. vickie dailey

    a better model would be to have the stores adopt out rescue and shelter pets

  3. Cheryl Berthiaume

    What I find interesting is these pet store owners go before the State House pleading sympathy for their jobs/businesses then will attack those educating the public with facts about where they get their pups. They sue those that publicly share their stories of buying a sick pup that resulted in thousands of dollars in vet bills or death. They harass the activist groups at protests. Is this how pet store owners behave if their “product” is of quality? Why are they so defensive? Because they are guilty of selling puppymill puppies. No responsible breeder would ever sell their puppies to a pet store…FACT!!!

  4. Charity

    Amazing & informative article. Thank you for spreading awareness about the truth of puppy mills.


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