As American Humane reports on another dramatic puppy mill rescue—89 dogs living in a 10 x 60 foot trailer and 166 dogs living in a small house in Washington state, many of whom were severely ill—we are reminded that puppy mills are still a major problem in the U.S.
Since retail pet stores mainly source their animals from these mills, they are fueling this cruel industry. Fortunately, many states are passing legislation banning sales of dogs, cats, and rabbits unless they are from a shelter.
You can help fight puppy mills, too:
- Adopt, don’t shop. Visit your local shelter or connect with a rescue group to find your new best friend.
- Support rescue-friendly pet stores. Help the stores that are part of the solution be more successful.
- Speak up about problem stores. Write letters to your local paper and post your thoughts in social media.
Working with local authorities, American Humane determined that about 100 of the 255 dogs—which were mostly chihuahuas—were healthy enough to transported. These dogs went to five animal rescues in Western Washington.