puppy mill

noun
|Updated on: 17 Jul 2018

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.
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1953

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