Puppy mills are large breeding facilities where dogs live in deplorable conditions, often without necessary food, water, or veterinary care.

They house dogs in overcrowded, small cage and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization for their entire life. In order to maximize profits, female dogs are bred at every opportunity with little-to-no recovery time between litters. Puppy mill puppies, often as young as eight weeks of age, are sold to pet shops or directly to the public over the Internet, through newspaper ads and at swap meets and flea markets.

In a puppy mill, dogs are often kept in cages with wire flooring that injures their paws and legs—and it is not unusual for cages to be stacked in columns. When female breeding dogs reach a point of physical depletion and can no longer reproduce, they are often killed. Watch video below:

In Malaysia 2014, members of Malaysia Independent Animal Rescue and the police swept into the compound which is believed to be an illegal animal breeding facility, in what has been described as the “biggest and worst case of animal abuse” in the country. Almost 100 animals rescued from foul-smelling, unkempt bungalow. Read detail of the story here by TheStar.

“Because puppy mills focus on profit, dogs are often bred with little regard for genetic quality.”

Puppy mill puppies are prone to congenital and hereditary conditions including heart disease and blood and respiratory disorders. In addition, puppy mill puppies often arrive in pet stores and in their new homes with diseases or infirmities ranging from parasites to pneumonia. Because puppies are removed from their litter mates and mothers at a young age, they also often suffer from fear, anxiety and other behavioral problems.

There is no legal definition of a “puppy mill,” so don’t be fooled by pet store owners who show you “papers” or licenses to prove that their dogs are from humane sources. The fact is, responsible breeders would never sell a puppy through a pet store because they want to screen potential buyers to ensure their puppies are going to a good home. ASPCA.

“We encourages everyone to make adoption their

first option.”