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 The couple first adopted Bella after the dog was rescued from a puppy mill. Matt Young, Chron, 7 Sep. 2021 There are eight core volunteers who help operate Companion Pets of Cleveland, which also rescues and rehabilitates puppy mill dogs that Stevens said are abandoned and forgotten dogs from the streets. John Benson, cleveland, 1 Sep. 2021 According to Ervin, Sylvie reportedly shows signs of being from a puppy mill before she was moved around to different shelters in Ohio and Illinois. Ann W. Schmidt, Fox News, 23 Aug. 2021 Before earning the top dog title, Lamb Chop was rescued from a puppy mill and adopted by Christin Schubert from the Washington County Humane Society in Wisconsin. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 30 June 2021 Hearst: Going on puppy mill raids with the police, traveling to Guatemala to paint community homes, flying to the Bolivian Amazon to help animals harmed by the forest fires there. Angela Chan, Forbes, 2 June 2021 The organization adds that 2 million puppies sold every year originate from a puppy mill. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 28 Apr. 2021 Bitsy, a yorkie, is 14 and has been with her six years after a life as a breeder in a puppy mill. Dan Sewell, ajc, 31 Dec. 2020 In 2019, the county also hosted a puppy mill workshop to raise awareness of the issues surrounding puppy mills and commercial breeding. Alicia Fabbre, chicagotribune.com, 3 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of puppy mill

1953, in the meaning defined above

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19 Sep 2021

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“Puppy mill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puppy%20mill. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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