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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The current ordinance, which went into effect in 2015 to prevent Chicago businesses from sourcing dogs from puppy mills, limits pet shops to selling dogs obtained primarily from government pounds, humane societies and shelters. Christy Gutowski, chicagotribune.com, "Revised ordinance aims to stop breeders from selling 'rescue' puppies to city shops," 23 May 2018 Animal rights advocates say puppy mills are large-scale breeding operations that value profit above animal welfare. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Selling dogs from 'puppy mills' prohibited by bill approved by Maryland legislature," 7 Apr. 2018 Nearly 170 dogs were rescued on Monday, November 12, from a puppy mill near the Minnesota border in northern Iowa, according to a report from the Des Moines Register. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Over 160 Dogs and Puppies Were Rescued From an Iowa Puppy Mill With the ASPCA's Help," 15 Nov. 2018 Beloved pets were rounded up for extermination, even ones with no links to the contaminated puppy mills. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Seven scary stories to tell by the light of your screen," 31 Oct. 2018 Orange County should get on this — failure to ban retail sales is just one big fat OK to puppy mills. Lritchie@orlandosentinel.com. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake up next to shut down retail stores selling puppies, and Orange should do it too," 4 May 2018 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

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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