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Do You Think Puppy Mills Should Be Banned?

Take the poll below and tell us why in the comments section.

Since a held outside in Aquebogue last week, residents have been speaking out.

What do you think about puppy mills? And what do you think the government and public can do to address this issue?

Take the poll and share your thoughts in the comments section.

barbara d June 29, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Puppy mills supply 98% of retail pet stores with "stock" Everyone forgets about the parent dogs left behind at the breeding mills. These parent dogs remain caged their entire lives, never setting a paw on grass. No vet care, no exercise, minimal shelter from the elements. Many of these dogs spend their last few years in pain. We can stop this inhumanity by lobbing our state senators to cosponsor senate bill S 1262 lift the preemption in NYS Ag& Market law. This will allow each individual municipality to enact, inspect ,and enforce a better standard of care on pet dealers. NYS does not have enough inspectors nor do they know what is best for each community.
Erin Schultz June 29, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Deb Stroup said on Facebook: "ABSOLUTELY!!!!"
Chrissie June 30, 2012 at 03:30 AM
This should be a no brainer!
paula didonato June 30, 2012 at 10:26 AM
it is torture. BAN THE MILLS!
anna cast June 30, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Most of these dogs come from Amish farms, where they are tortured, pipes pushed down their throats to stop barking, kept in tiny cages their whole life just to breed more puppies for profits. Close the shops, forbid them to operate and that will stop the breeders tooo. This is bold faced cruelty.
anna cast June 30, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Bravo, Barbara D
Alice Jester July 05, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I don't think puppy mills should exist, but what will happen to all the puppy's that are now in them like the one in Aquebogue? Not actually seen a pipe shoved down a pups throat to stop it from barking, I find this hard to believe. I have visited the store in Aquebogue and thought the pups were cute. I find it hard to believe they come from a hardened puppy mill.
barbara d July 05, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Yes Alice, the puppies in the retail stores are cute, but that is not the issue here. The issue is the parent dogs of that cute puppy. They are left behind in the mills to continue to breed more puppies for retail stores for their entire life. After the 6 years or so best breeding years many of these parent dogs are auctioned off at dogs auctions for laboratory research or killed.These parent dogs are kept in cages their entire life. No veterinary care, never let out to exercise, no human contact, inadequate protection from the heat of summer or cold of winter ,snow and rain. I don't know what your idea of a puppy mill is, so please visit caps-web.org and educate yourself about the mills. This site will answer your questions. Thank you
anna cast July 06, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Alice, Barbara d summed it up beautifully, all puppies are cute and forgiving, even after their lives began so terribly. Exposes on TV showed the tortures, in the Amish farms. Disgrace for Pennsylvania, not shutting down these places. anna c
Cyn F July 06, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I agree with Barbara D but one other issue is that there are so many domesticated dogs in shelters, or out in the street, euthanized every year, why do we need to breed more? Because our egos tell us we have to have a certain 'cute' breed or a 'new' breed that's 'in' with celebrities. Go to your local shelter and look at the dogs in the shelter. If you adopt one, you make the life of a dog so much better. Probably even save it's life. And if you buy one in the puppy store, the dog in the shelter stays in the shelter or is put to sleep. What do you all think is the right thing to do? Not to mention shelter dogs make awesome pets.
ASPCA July 27, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Yes, we think cruel puppy mills should absolutely be banned! Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills. Help the ASPCA fight this horrible industry and sign our pledge – if a pet store sells puppies, don’t buy anything there! http://bit.ly/NoPetStorePuppiesPledge
Dennis August 06, 2012 at 03:17 PM
This story makes me nauseous. I dont know why it hasn't been stopped..It isn't like this is something new and there isn't anything good that comes from them..We adopted a dog last year from North Shore Animal and all the animals it had seemed to be from "puppy mills". I think if they made it a felony to be associated with these mills,it might be a deturrent..(Not sure what the law is now)

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