I know I've already reached my quota of dogs posts for the day. Week. Year. Whatever. But Lauren's comment on this post is just too important to not address it with everyone.
"I'm not terribly informed about puppy mills, but if you are a person who wants to 'save' the poor little things, wouldn't you be all right buying and then taking them to the vet for a full health checkup? It absolutely breaks my heart that these puppies live like this, and then if no one buys them are likely put down."
I'm pretty sure that this is a common misconception. The dogs purchased in pet stores are generally the offspring of puppy mill dogs. Their parents, that are kept in nightmarish conditions in puppy mills for the purpose of breeding, are often killed or left to die when they can no longer reproduce. Most of them are in such terrible shape after being severely abused their entire lives that they can barely function. These are not the dogs that you see in your local puppy shop. They are often never even given the opportunity for a home. Never given a chance to roll around a bed, to fight over a sock monkey, or to even have a family. Can you imagine never having a bath, sleeping with a blanket, or receiving a hug in your entire life?
The main reason that it's so important not to purchase a puppy from a newspaper advertisement, website, or pet store is because many of those organizations are supplied with puppies bred in puppy mills. Without demand, we put those folks out of business.
I've included a video that will help better explain the atrocities that happen in puppy mills. I would really appreciate if everyone would take a moment to watch it. I know it's sort of lengthy, but please watch the entire video if you can.
This website also provides startling and important information about what happens to the dogs that come from puppy mills.
If any of you have any experience with puppy mills, dog rescue, or animal abuse I'd love to hear your thoughts.