Have you ever wondered where most puppies come from? Have you ever stopped and thought about how dogs were born? All around the U.S, there are more than two million puppies sold online and in stores. There is an estimated total of 10,000 puppy mills in the US alone. From first-hand experience with puppy mills, it’s safe to say that they are the most traumatizing, horrific things to experience. From watching animal abusers yell at the dogs to shut up and kicking the dogs in the stomach, to watching the dogs bite their paws in frustration and sadness. It is the most traumatizing thing that’ll scar you for life. People often forget that animals are very important and should be treated fairly and equally. We also often forget that selling animals to make a quick buck is inhumane. Animals aren’t products. “A time will come when people understand the murder of an animal is as heinous as the murder of a person”-quoteaddicts.com. Murdering and torturing an innocent little puppy is just as bad as torturing and killing a human being. We must put an end to puppy milling or else another puppy will suffer.
By definition, puppy mill is an establishment that breeds puppies for sale, typically on an intensive basis and in condition. Puppy mills sweep the nation and worldwide. When a pup is born into a puppy mill, the puppy is birthed by sick and stressed out mothers. Little pups suffer from anxiety, fear and other behavioral problems from being separated from their mothers. They are snatched at only eight weeks of age and put into crates and shipped off to puppy brokers (people who re-sell puppies that are shipped). They are kept in warehouses with other puppies who are sick with respiratory problems or infections in the eyes or ears. When puppy brokers have the puppies, they are locked in small cages for long periods of time, usually in unsanitary rooms. They’re fed very little food and bathed rarely. They’re forced to sit in their own filth and wait to be sold. Puppy mill puppies are prone to having congenital and hereditary conditions including heart disease and blood and respiratory disorders. When puppy mill mothers reach a point of physical depletion and can no longer reproduce, they are killed or abandoned.
In North Carolina on Hilton lake road in Cabarrus country, a house of horrors stands. The homeowner Patricia Yates was running a puppy mill at this location. A team of forensic camera crew members, Veterinarians, the sheriff and his deputies all stepped foot in the house to find the grotesque smell of dog pee and poop, mold and bleach. The floor piled high with damp laundry and pet fur and waste. Cat crates everywhere and garbage. In the basement, puppies were in dusty cages, their fur was matted. It was hard for the team to tell what kind of breeds the puppies were because of their matted fur. The dogs were sick and malnourished and most had never seen daylight, ever. Upstairs, the parent dogs were blinded by cataracts and corneal ulcers. Their jaws were half gone or missing entirely because their teeth had rotted away. Some couldn’t stand upright and their paws were urine scalded and wrists were deformed from squatting on wire. One hundred and five dogs came out of that house, many pregnant or in heat.
This is a dog with a cataract
This is a dog with a corneal ulcer
This is video footage of the conditions the dogs were living in, in yate's home.
Patricia was selling the puppies on multiple websites, and many buyers complained. One anonymous source reported Patricia’s situation to the sheriff's office. She was arrested on twelve counts of animal cruelty and has a hearing scheduled in February. The animals were rescued and taken to the animal hospital to receive medical attention and recovery.