puppy mill


Definition of puppy mill

: a commercial farming operation in which purebred dogs are raised in large numbers and often in substandard or poor conditions Currently, hundreds of thousands of dogs languish in puppy mills, large commercial breeding operations that supply most pet stores across the United States and contribute heavily to the pet overpopulation problem.Dog Watch

Examples of puppy mill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Mary Scheffke, a representative with Chicago French Bulldog Rescue, which has been providing the dogs with shelter and care, said they were likely sent to Chicago from an individual from Jordan working with a puppy mill. Karen Ann Cullotta, chicagotribune.com, "US congressman Mike Quigley joins effort to halt deportation of French bulldogs found abandoned in O’Hare warehouse," 25 Sep. 2020 The couple was charged in October 2019 with more than 100 counts of animal cruelty for allegedly running a puppy mill out of their basement, Howard police said. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, "Woodbine couple sentenced in animal cruelty case after police say they ran a puppy mill out of their basement," 18 Sep. 2020 Possible criminal charges for the puppy mill owner are pending by the Delta County Prosecutor's Office. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "134 puppies, dogs seized in Upper Peninsula puppy mill bust," 26 Aug. 2020 The dog had been rescued from a puppy mill in Houston and was very sick. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio ‘foster mom’ helps place dogs in new homes as adoptions have increased during the coronavirus pandemic," 26 June 2020 There was Hazard’s own dog Loki, a miniature poodle rescued from an Arkansas puppy mill. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Some Warren campaign volunteers in Virginia show dogged determination," 18 Feb. 2020 Likewise, a commercial establishment can't buy an animal from a puppy mill. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel City Council may strengthen animal welfare laws. Here's how it could impact you.," 17 Feb. 2020 Trump has long been an animal advocate and has worked with the administration on key issues, including officially outlawing the consumption of dogs and cats in the U.S., pushing to close puppy mills, and linking ailing veterans with support animals. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Lara Trump: Broad coalition forming to close China's bat, cat, and dog meat markets," 6 Apr. 2020 Model legislation also has been a major tool in the fight against puppy mills. USA Today, "Puppies, phones and porn: How model legislation affects consumers’ lives," 20 Nov. 2019

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Puppy mill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puppy%20mill. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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