Kyle over at Out Left posted this link to The Huffington Post's article about the evils of puppy mills. I knew most of this but was still taken back by some of what I read. After reading it we definitely need some cute doggies with sexy shirtless men.
As you admire the adorable puppies in the window of your local pet store, do you ever wonder where they come from? If you have no idea, you are not alone.According to a recently released survey conducted by Lake Research Partners on behalf of the ASPCA, more than three-fourths of all adults nationwide do not know where the puppies in pet stores come from. Nearly a quarter (23 percent) of those surveyed believe pet store puppies come from breeders; 6 percent guess private pet owners; 11 percent say shelters or rescue organizations, and 35 percent have no idea.Most adults surveyed said they would not buy a puppy from a pet store if they knew the truth -- almost all puppies sold in pet stores (and over the Internet) come from puppy mills. Puppy mills are large-scale commercial breeding operations where the breeding dogs live in filthy, overcrowded, wire-bottom cages stacked on top of each other. They are often crammed in dark, poorly ventilated sheds where they are exposed to sweltering temperatures in the summer and below-freezing temperatures in the winter. In order to maximize profits, female dogs are bred at every opportunity with little to no recovery time between litters. Sometimes these helpless dogs are even too sick to move.