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

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Public health investigators traced the epidemic back to several puppy mills that had been overusing antibiotics to treat healthy dogs. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Seven scary stories to tell by the light of your screen," 31 Oct. 2018 Orange County is proposing retail pet sale restrictions to help shelter animals and hurt the profits of breeding operations which operate like puppy mills and kitten. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "American Kennel Club cites 'grave concerns' with Orange County proposal to ban sale of animals bred in 'puppy mills'," 5 June 2018 Zsa Zsa, who is named after actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, spent five years in a puppy mill in Missouri before being adopted by Brainard and her husband. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "Zsa Zsa, the "World's Ugliest Dog," dies less than a month after securing title," 11 July 2018 Zsa Zsa herself was rescued from a puppy mill and put up for adoption on PetFinder.com, which is where Brainard found her, and subsequently named her after the Hollywood legend Zsa Zsa Gabor. Alix Langone, Time, "Zsa Zsa, The World's Ugliest Dog, Has Died Just 9 Days After Securing Her Title," 10 July 2018 Speaking on his radio show on Friday, McCrory said the sculpture was not just to honor his dog, but to pay tribute to efforts to rescue dogs from puppy mills. Fox News, "Ex-North Carolina governor barks at successor over sculpture," 22 June 2018 In response to some animal advocates’ desire to ban commercially bred dogs from Naperville pet stores completely, Krummen questioned how city government could do that without proof store owners were dealing directly with puppy mills. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Naperville mayor on proposed pet store regulations: lots of talk, but still no council action," 6 June 2018 The Humane Society of the United States estimates there are at least 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S., with fewer than 3,000 of them regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Doggy psychics called after Noblesville poodle rescued from puppy mill goes missing," 2 Apr. 2018 Missouri — again — topped an annual list for the largest number of offending puppy mill breeders in the country, according to a report released this week by the Humane Society of the United States. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Missouri is the 'horrible' puppy mills capital, report says. Many are listed by name | The Kansas City Star," 16 May 2018

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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