|Puppy mills are volume breeders of puppies that are then usually sold in the commercial trade to dealers, research labs, brokers or pet stores. This term does not apply to small, private breeders who sell exclusively to the public in small numbers.|
Because these enterprises exist exclusively for financial purposes, animal care is generally sacrificed for profit. USDA regulations themselves promote a mass-production mindset rather than quality. For example, USDA regulations only require six inches of headroom over an animals head in its cage, which only needs to be cleaned of urine and feces once per day.
Worse yet, many puppy mills do not even meet the USDA's minimal standards. The USDA rarely, if ever, takes enforcement action against violators. There is, therefore, little incentive for puppy mills to comply with USDA regulations.
Use the resources on this page to learn more about puppy mills, and what you can do to put a stop to these awful places.
Puppy Mill Bills to Merge
Cell Phone Captures Horror of Minnesota Puppy Mill
Preliminary Recap of Two Different Bills to Regulate Puppy Mills in Minnesota
For two consecutive legislative sessions, Senator Don Betzold has introduced bills that would, for the first time, allow the State of Minnesota to regulate dog and cat breeders. Opposition to his efforts has been fierce, and has come from some surprising places. Most specifically, some of Minnesota's leading experts on puppy mills felt Betzold's bill in 2008 focused resource in the wrong place: it did not require large, wholesalers of puppies to comply with new care standards to be developed by the State. Additionally, the bill defined a commercial breeder as one with as few as 6 breeding animals.
Having small hobby breeders, with as few as 6 breeding animals, grouped together with large-scale puppy mills, like Kathy Bauck and Gary McDuffee, created a large rift between supporters of the bill and small, responsible breeders, and understandably so.
Breeders working to preserve threatened or endangered dog breeds, for example, make no money from their efforts. Any money taken in through the sale of puppies goes back into genetic testing, preserving DNA samples of the best of the breed, and providing outstanding care for their animals. The best of these breeders tend to keep small numbers of animals, and may produce a litter of puppies every year or every other year. Read More.
I-Team: Inside Minnesota Puppy Mill
Just last week a nationwide investigation exposed how widespread problems with puppy mills have become. Now The I-TEAM gets a rare look at what happened inside one of those kennels in Minnesota.
"They said the puppy was in good health," said Angela Rauen.
Last May, Angels Rauen and Tim Howe bought their dog, Kennedy, from a Web site called Puppies On Wheels. They paid $900 for their dog, $100 of which was for delivery by truck at 1 a.m. on the side of the road.
"She was coughing uncontrollably and that was from the minute we got off the truck. At night, it was almost like I thought she was dying," said Rauen.
Puppies On Wheels is run by Kathy Bauck, a breeder who operates the site out of her Otter Tail County facility called Pick of the Litter.
The I-TEAM learned Bauck has a history of bad breeding practices. Read the Rest.
According to AKC, Animals are Property, so Puppy Mills Shouldn't be Regulated - Transcript of Animal Wise Radio interview with Lisa Peterson, Communications Director of AKC about Senate File 121. Check it Out.
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A Plea for Help! Your Donations Badly Needed to Help Put A Stop to Puppy Mills. Please Donate Today!
The photograph taken left is a small dog in a small pen filled with other dogs at a puppy mill in Minnesota. The photo was provided by the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS). There are currently tens of thousands of dogs housed in puppy factories in Minnesota. Animal Ark is working with other groups to put a stop to the mass, commercial production of dogs. These animals need your help. Please make a donation to support our efforts. If you would prefer, mail a check to:
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St. Paul, MN 55106
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Featured Editorial: Mike Fry asks, is the USDA incompetent, corrupt, or, possibly, both? Read it.
"Minimum Standards". What Do They Mean?
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USDA Files Show Little Falls Puppy Mill Violations. Find Out More.
Featured Article: Stepping Up Against Animal Mills.
Photos from Minnesota Puppy Mills
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Donate to Animal Ark's Efforts to Put A Stop to Puppy Mills.
Who Runs the Animal Mills in Minnesota? Ever since Gary McDuffee made headlines all over the state for his attempts to open a 600-dog, commercial breeding facility, people have been asking who runs these places. Want to know who? Find Out.
How You Can Help:
Ask Your Senator and Representative to Support HF 253 and SF 7
Donate to the Effort
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New: How much room does a puppy mill dog need, according to the USDA? Check out our puppy mill cage size calulator to find out.