In the news recently at the beginning of the month, everyone was talking about the poor little seven puppies that died while being shipped in an airplane. There were fourteen puppies total that were shipped from Tulsa, OK to Chicago, IL. During the check upon arrival in Chicago, the attendants noticed seven of the dogs were not doing well. After trying to cool them down due to the extreme heat for these puppies, five died there and two others died while being transported to a veterinarian’s office. It has not been determined if it was solely the heat that killed these puppies or possibly an underlying condition they may have had prior to flight. These puppies came from an undisclosed person (breeder) in Oklahoma with many of the fourteen puppies catching connecting flights once in Chicago to their new homes.
This is a forever growing problem in Oklahoma, puppy mills. They rank second in the nation for having the most puppy mill locations, with Missouri ranking first. In the news there are many puppy mills that are raided and the dogs and puppies that are rescued. In Oklahoma back in April there were more than 100 dogs rescued and back in July there were more than 70 dogs rescued. This was just two of the rescues in this state and that totaled 170 dogs. It appears that Oklahoma has over 600 registered facilities, per HSUS. This total does not include people that sell directly to the public. Since no licensing or regulating has gone on there are numerous other breeders that would qualify as a puppy mill breeding facility. The Mayor in Oklahoma has signed a new puppy mill law SB1712 that will go into effect July 1st, 2011. This will regulate any breeding facility of eleven or more breeding females to get scheduled inspections and must maintain a license in order to conduct business. This will start to weed out the puppy mills that mistreating their dogs.
These seven puppies that died on the plane are victims of a puppy mill selling their puppies over the internet. So far the selling of puppies over the internet has not been regulated but laws to control this are being discussed and drafted. The puppy mills create elaborate websites showing false pictures of puppies from the internet, clipart, and past puppies that were born and then utilizing them to falsify their sale of their current puppies. When the new owners get their puppy it usually looks nothing like the picture they were sent. The problem with these types of puppy millers is that they usually do not provide vaccinations and do not take into concern the health of the puppy. All they are concerned with is getting that puppy shipped out and receiving the money for that number. To then it’s not even a dog or puppy, but rather just a number.
To avoid being scammed of such acts of injustice for the puppies read the “Puppy Scams & Cons” sheet from the ASPCA.
The largest way for someone to help fight against the puppy mills in the United States is to not buy from them. Adopt from a local shelter, as they may have a pure-bred puppy or dog that came from a puppy mill that a new pet parent was considering to purchase a puppy from anyways. Adoption of a dog or puppy is the best way to help put puppy mills out of business. The faster this happens, the faster we can see a reduction in our shelters. Spaying and neutering of your pets is also a large factor in reducing pets in shelters.
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