Puppy Mill Campaign

DDAL Opposes Draft Bill on Puppy Mills

In an unfortunate and unforseen turn of events, DDAL is opposing the new direction of the Pet Animal Welfare Statute. A Discussion Draft of this bill (S. 1139) actually allows breeders to be inspected by a "certified third-party inspection service" rather than by the USDA, which is charged with enforcing the Animal Welfare Act.

This guts the intent of having the federal government license, regulate and inspect large, commercial retail breeders. In addition, it allows existing breeders to opt out of USDA licensing, regulation and inspection. This is a bad legal precedent, and it is bad for animal welfare and protection.

What is a "Puppy Mill?"

Puppy mills house animals in deplorable conditions.

A puppy mill is a facility that continuously breeds female dogs, housing them and their puppies in deplorable conditions. Inadequate food, water, sanitation, constant exposure to the elements and dilapidated housing are commonplace.

Because of these inhumane conditions, many puppies sold from these mills suffer from chronic physical ailments and may be fearful of people and other animals. These inhumane and abusive conditions have been the subjects of television reports and newspaper articles nationwide.

No Way to Know Conditions Where Puppies Are Raised

More and more Americans are buying puppies online and suffering the consequences. The American Pet Product Manufacturers Association reports more than 200,000 American households bought puppies online in 2004, many for prices ranging from $500 to $5,000.

“It’s not uncommon for a puppy to be bred in Missouri, sold through an Internet site with a Pennsylvania address and delivered to a family in Colorado,” explains DDAL Legislative Director Sara Amundson.

“Given the pervasive use of the Internet to sell puppies across state lines and the rise in Internet ‘brokers’ to facilitate sales, there is no way for buyers to know under what conditions the puppies are kept," Amundson adds. "Consumers have more information on the safety of a mattress they’ve purchased online than the background of a living, breathing puppy.”

Factsheet on Puppy Mills

How You Can Help Stop Puppy Mills

  1. Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper and help bring needed attention to this issue!
  2. Adopt a puppy from a shelter or rescue group.
  3. Help bolster our case for stronger regulations. Send DDAL newspaper articles about the inhumane conditions found at puppy mills, especially of dealers who sell directly to the public.