Essay On Puppy Mill

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Alexys Coffee
Ms. Hooper
Senior English
March 13, 2014
Puppy Mills
Imagine having to live in your own filth and waste. Now imagine living in your own plus many others as well. How about living in wire cages exposed to the elements like rain and heat from the sun. It certainly does not seem like a life anyone would want to live, but sadly, many dogs and puppies have no choice. These are just a few of the horrendous conditions that they experience when they are born or raised in puppy mills. Would you allow animal torture, because supporting and/or allowing puppy mills is basically the same thing.
Now, some may not exactly know what a puppy mill is. People may want to romanticize the thought of a puppy mill as being a cozy, loving factory where puppies just pop out of a factory line happy and ready to be adopted. That is not at all what happens in a mill. A puppy mill is a “large scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs” (Puppy Mill FAQ 1). Dogs are bred as often as twice a year, or each time they are in heat. These dogs live in the most unsanitary conditions, Treated nothing like a living creature should be.
The way puppies and dogs are treated in puppy mills is disturbing. To avoid having to clean up after the puppies and their mothers, they are often kept in wire cages. These cages are stacked on top of and next to one another. The dogs below the top of the stack live in conditions where “uric acid soaks puppies lying on cage floors, burns their skin, and paw pads, and causes respiratory distress” (Puppy Mills | Animal Rescue Corps. 1). These dogs do not often receive veterinary care, or adequate care for that matter. Their nails do not get worn down. They grow lon...

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...d help to slowly shut down puppy mills. Why would anyone be willing to assist in the support of puppy mills and their torture?
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