Puppy mill prisons came into existence soon after World War I when farmers had lost most  of their CROPS to drought. The farmers simply used their chicken coops and rabbit hutches for the dogs. Today, Puppy mills are overseen by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Female “breeding stock” are bred every cycle from as young as 4 months.  They are bred so much their bones break and their teeth fall out.  The parents live in small cramped cages walking on wire floors, cutting into their paws, so their feces can drop underneath.  They never feel grass under their feet or human touch.   They live here their entire lives and when no longer productive are shot, euthanized or disposed of at already overcrowded shelters.

Their CROPS are then shipped to buyers who purchase them over the internet or through brokers to pet stores in cities like Burbank.  The puppies are often inbred, sick and have genetic deficiencies which cost a consumer thousands in vet bills and frequently early death for the puppy.  The consumer thinks that if the cute puppy is AKC registered it must be okay.  This, however, is not the truth.  Puppy mills can imprison AKC dogs too.  

Sadly, while millions of dogs and cats are euthanized each year, puppy mills and kitten factories continue to produce more CROPS.  Glendale has passed an ordinance banning  the sale of puppies in pet stores unless in connection with a non-profit rescue or unless the source of the animals is from a shelter. 

The Los Angeles City council voted11-1 in support of a similar ordinance and is in the final stages of enacting  it.   On August 28, 2012 Burbank City Council will vote on such an ordinance .  

Can you image a day when our animal shelters have vacancies?    

Shelley Rizzotti  (Burbank, CA  91506)

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