Puppy Mills

It’s hard to resist that cute puppy in the window or in a glossy Internet ad. The sad truth is that approximately 99 percent of dogs sold in pet stores and online come from large commercial breeding operation known as puppy mills. Approximately, 78 percent of consumers haven’t connected the dots between puppy mills, pet stores and Internet pet sales.

Across the country, groups are working to educate consumers about puppy mills and pet stores. Communities all over the country have also started to work to change laws to make it more difficult for puppy mills to continue operation and to prohibit pet sales in pet stores as more stores move to adoption models.

Below are a few of the blog posts I've written about puppy mills, pet stores, consumer fraud and the advocates that are working hard to get the word out about puppy mills. You may also learn more on the following websites or pages – The Puppy Mill Project, National Mill Dog Rescue, Iowa Voters for Companion Animals and Iowa Animal Welfare Alliance.

 

July 25, 2013

Naperville Petland and the puppies in the pictures

Naperville Petland and the puppies in the pictures

If you look at these photos from Reddit, you expect to see it connected to a story about dogs needing rescue from a hoarding or abusive situation. The pictures are not what you think. And, the dogs’ location would surprise many people. A customer of the Naperville Petland took the alarming shots. It worked, in... Read more »

Dog Patch Pet and Feed sets special adoption event

Dog Patch Pet and Feed sets special adoption event

For the past several years, a new business model has been evolving for one Naperville pet store. Ever since Dog Patch Pet and Feed decided to stop selling puppies to move to a humane model, the store has been experimenting with a rescue/adoption model aimed at saving lives without putting the store in financial distress.... Read more »

Family fun at Miles for the Mothers in the Mills

Last year's Miles for the Mothers in the Mills, featured dogs of all ages and lots of fun activities.

One of my favorite fall pet events is Miles for the Mothers in the Mills – the annual pet walk that raises funds for educational programs for The Puppy Mill Project. This fun family- and dog-friendly event has a little bit of something for everyone and is slated for Sunday, October 20 at Larry Fink Memorial Park in... Read more »

Lola’s Legacy: The pink letter campaign to end puppy mills

Lola’s Legacy: The pink letter campaign to end puppy mills

Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl. And, in the six short months she lived, this little dog that was discarded from a puppy mill has left quite a legacy. While Lola’s start in life was as far from the center stage as you can get, she quickly  became an inspiration to her followers.... Read more »

March on Michigan for Puppy Mill Awareness Day

March on Michigan for Puppy Mill Awareness Day

What was all the excitement on Michigan Avenue Sunday afternoon? For the second straight year, animal advocates hit the Midwest’s most popular shopping district to get the word out about puppy mills for National Puppy Mill Awareness Day. Volunteers from The Puppy Mill Project and local rescues used the beautiful fall day to walk the... Read more »

How do you shut down puppy mills: Don't let them open

How do you shut down puppy mills: Don't let them open

How do you shut down puppy mills? Try not letting them open to begin with. Hats off this morning to the town board in Canajoharie, New York. When members of the community found out an Amish farmer wanted to open a puppy mill in their community, they were outraged and took action. Thanks to their... Read more »

Iowa shutters Pratt puppy mill, but what took so long

Iowa shutters Pratt puppy mill, but what took so long

It’s finally the end of the road for one of Iowa’s most notorious puppy mills. Thanks to an agreement with the Iowa Department of Agriculture, Debra Pratt has lost her state permit to operate her puppy mill. After years of USDA violations and an auction where most of her stock was sold to the highest... Read more »

The Pratt puppy mill and the 17 dogs left behind

The Pratt puppy mill and the 17 dogs left behind

Who will let the dogs out of the Pratt puppy mill in Iowa? That my seem like an odd question since Pratt’s puppy mill for all intents and purposes was closed by the state earlier this year. After ringing up violations for years for keeping her dogs in deplorable conditions, the dogs were auctioned off... Read more »

May 3, 2013

Project Mercy: 23 English Bulldogs rescued from puppy mill

Twentt-three dogs were rescued through Project Mercy by the Chicago English Bulldog Rescue.

A few weeks ago, the call went out to various Midwestern rescues about a puppy mill in Iowa that was closing down. The puppy mill, known for poor inspections from the USDA, was to be auctioning off all the dogs on April 27 and 28. The Chicago English Bulldog Rescue (CEBR) quickly kicked in a... Read more »

Pratt puppy mill rescue finds home for Thanksgiving

Pratt puppy mill rescue finds home for Thanksgiving

Why do rescue people do what they do? For happy endings like this dog that was rescued seven months ago from the Pratt Puppy Mill in Iowa. Seven months of TLC in an Iowa shelter = a forever home for Thanksgiving. The report below aired on WHO-TV in Des Moines yesterday complete with video from... Read more »

Will USDA tame the Wild West of Internet Pet Sales?

Will USDA tame the Wild West of Internet Pet Sales?

If you’re searching for a puppy or kitten online, you may not realize that the pretty websites selling pets are usually a front for kitten and puppy mills. As Internet commerce has exploded, laws regulating Internet pet sales lagged behind – until this week. Pet breeders involved in Internet pet sales must now face the... Read more »

July 28, 2013

Dog Patch Pet and Feed: Pet rescue program continues to grow

Two Naperville pet stores were in the spotlight for two very different reasons this past week. While the Naperville Petland came under fire when pictures of emaciated puppies at the store hit social media, Greg Gordon of Dog Patch Pet and Feed was working behind the scenes with other pet storeowners who want to offer... Read more »

August 30, 2013

The journey from puppy mill rescue to being a dog

The journey from puppy mill rescue to being a dog

What a long, strange trip it’s been in many ways for Pia the dog. Just one year ago, she was languishing in a cinder block cell at an Amish Puppy Mill in Southern Illinois. She embarked on a long journey from her puppy mill rescue only to end up in a home very close to... Read more »

September 3, 2013

Puppy mill survivor rescues son and daughter during Harley to the Rescue

Puppy mill survivor rescues son and daughter during Harley to the Rescue

It’s been a busy few weeks for a couple of pint size rescuers who have taken social media by storm. Harley and Teddy – a couple of Chihuahuas rescued from puppy mills – are in the midst of a Harley to the Rescue campaign that will spring around 80 dogs from puppy mills when they’re... Read more »

September 4, 2013

A dog's eye view of a puppy mill rescue

Teddy and Harley get ready to hit the road for Harley to the Rescue with the National Mill Dog Rescue.

Yesterday, I shared the heartwarming story of Harley to the Rescue - a rescue mission where puppy mill survivor Harley was involved in the rescue of his own son and daughter from the same mill where he was once held captive. Today, I’m sharing a slideshow of the puppy mill rescue mission. The first wave... Read more »

August 13, 2013

Governor Quinn signs the Puppy Lemon Law

Governor Quinn signs the Puppy Lemon Law

There will soon be some consumer protection for pet families like Stacey Kranz, Bryan Phillips, Stephanie Essex, SheaLynn O’Donnell and Paige Russell. All of these people walked into a pet store, fell in love with and bought a puppy and ended up with a sick puppy and large vet bills shortly after bringing their new... Read more »

April 20, 2013

Rescue groups collaborate to save 93 puppy mill dogs

The Puppy Mill Project usually doesn’t spearhead dog rescue operations. In fact, the Chicago-based advocacy group has a lot on their plate focusing on educating the public about puppy mills and their connection to pet stores and Internet pet sales. They also focus on changing laws related to pet sales. But a few weeks ago,... Read more »

June 5, 2013

Furry Babies sued for selling puppy mill dogs

When I first met Cari Meyers of The Puppy Mill Project nearly two years ago, she had a certain Chicago-area pet store chain in her sights. Her group had been getting calls from consumers about Furry Babies. Her small band of volunteers had been investigating and had started to put the pieces together for a... Read more »

June 25, 2013

Parvo puppy reported at Furry Babies

It’s been less than a month since consumers filed a lawsuit against a Chicago pet store chain for selling puppy mill dogs. Now, a woman has gotten the bad news that the Puggle puppy (Pug/Beagle mix) she just purchased from Furry Babies Fox Valley location on Friday has the parvovirus is now in the care... Read more »

June 28, 2013

Puppy Steps: Suburban woman speaks out about sick puppy

A few short weeks ago, Stacey Kranz didn’t picture herself as an activist. Then, she purchased a puppy from Puppy Steps in Spring Hill Mall that was diagnosed with Giardia – a contagious parasite – she is now on a mission to educate fellow consumers about the connection between pet stores and puppy mills. And,... Read more »

April 1, 2013

Pet adoption events make debut at Collar and Leash this weekend

When Collar & Leash opens its doors this morning, it will be the dawn of a new day as it stops selling puppies and kittens. Chicago’s oldest pet store begins hosting pet adoption events this weekend. It’s a move that was several years in the making. During that time, The  Puppy Mill Project has been... Read more »

May 8, 2013

Mothers in the Mills honored by The Puppy Mill Project

The Puppy Mill Project will continue its annual tradition this weekend of honoring mother dogs left behind in puppy mills at the Mothers in the Mills Benefit. This year’s event will be at John Barleycorn’s in River North at 149 West Kinzie starting at 6:30. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and funds... Read more »

June 18, 2013

Rescuing the Rescuers at the National Mill Dog Rescue

For the past six years, the National Mill Dog Rescue has been rescuing dogs from puppy mills around the country. Thanks to the organization, nearly 8,000 dogs have gotten a new life. Now, the dog rescue is rescuing the rescuers by giving refuge to its founder and other volunteers displaced by the Black Forest fire... Read more »

June 12, 2013

The tale of two pet store protests

In the world of puppy mills and dog sales, the local story tends to focus on where your community is on the supply and demand side of the business. If you’re from Missouri and Iowa, the number one and two states for puppy mills, the spotlight is on the breeders, auctions and legislation focused on... Read more »

March 12, 2013

Puppy Lemon Law: Illinois Senate committee considers new bill

Consumers in Illinois may soon have stronger recourse if they purchase sick or genetically defective puppies. On Wednesday, Illinois’ Senate Labor and Commerce Committee will hear the first reading of the so called “puppy lemon law” in Springfield. If passed, the puppy lemon law would provide consumers more protection when purchasing pets from pet stores.... Read more »

June 11, 2013

Attorney's refocus Happiness Is Pets lawsuit

A consumer fraud suit filed against a Chicago pet store chain has hit a speed bump, but will continue according to those associated with the case. Cook County Judge Moshe Jacobius has dismissed the case against Happiness Is Pets but is giving plaintiffs in the class action suit until the end of the month to... Read more »

Dog Patch Pet and Feed sets special adoption event

Dog Patch Pet and Feed sets special adoption event

For the past several years, a new business model has been evolving for one Naperville pet store. Ever since Dog Patch Pet and Feed decided to stop selling puppies to move to a humane model, the store has been experimenting with a rescue/adoption model aimed at saving lives without putting the store in financial distress.... Read more »

Family fun at Miles for the Mothers in the Mills

Last year's Miles for the Mothers in the Mills, featured dogs of all ages and lots of fun activities.

One of my favorite fall pet events is Miles for the Mothers in the Mills – the annual pet walk that raises funds for educational programs for The Puppy Mill Project. This fun family- and dog-friendly event has a little bit of something for everyone and is slated for Sunday, October 20 at Larry Fink Memorial Park in... Read more »

Lola’s Legacy: The pink letter campaign to end puppy mills

Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl. And, in the six short months she lived, this little dog that was discarded from a puppy mill has left quite a legacy. While Lola’s start in life was as far from the center stage as you can get, she quickly  became an inspiration to her followers.... Read more »

March on Michigan for Puppy Mill Awareness Day

March on Michigan for Puppy Mill Awareness Day

What was all the excitement on Michigan Avenue Sunday afternoon? For the second straight year, animal advocates hit the Midwest’s most popular shopping district to get the word out about puppy mills for National Puppy Mill Awareness Day. Volunteers from The Puppy Mill Project and local rescues used the beautiful fall day to walk the... Read more »

How do you shut down puppy mills: Don't let them open

How do you shut down puppy mills: Don't let them open

How do you shut down puppy mills? Try not letting them open to begin with. Hats off this morning to the town board in Canajoharie, New York. When members of the community found out an Amish farmer wanted to open a puppy mill in their community, they were outraged and took action. Thanks to their... Read more »

Dog Patch Pet and Feed sets special adoption event

Dog Patch Pet and Feed sets special adoption event

For the past several years, a new business model has been evolving for one Naperville pet store. Ever since Dog Patch Pet and Feed decided to stop selling puppies to move to a humane model, the store has been experimenting with a rescue/adoption model aimed at saving lives without putting the store in financial distress.... Read more »

Family fun at Miles for the Mothers in the Mills

Last year's Miles for the Mothers in the Mills, featured dogs of all ages and lots of fun activities.

One of my favorite fall pet events is Miles for the Mothers in the Mills – the annual pet walk that raises funds for educational programs for The Puppy Mill Project. This fun family- and dog-friendly event has a little bit of something for everyone and is slated for Sunday, October 20 at Larry Fink Memorial Park in... Read more »

Lola’s Legacy: The pink letter campaign to end puppy mills

Lola’s Legacy: The pink letter campaign to end puppy mills

Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl. And, in the six short months she lived, this little dog that was discarded from a puppy mill has left quite a legacy. While Lola’s start in life was as far from the center stage as you can get, she quickly  became an inspiration to her followers.... Read more »

March on Michigan for Puppy Mill Awareness Day

What was all the excitement on Michigan Avenue Sunday afternoon? For the second straight year, animal advocates hit the Midwest’s most popular shopping district to get the word out about puppy mills for National Puppy Mill Awareness Day. Volunteers from The Puppy Mill Project and local rescues used the beautiful fall day to walk the... Read more »

How do you shut down puppy mills: Don't let them open

How do you shut down puppy mills: Don't let them open

How do you shut down puppy mills? Try not letting them open to begin with. Hats off this morning to the town board in Canajoharie, New York. When members of the community found out an Amish farmer wanted to open a puppy mill in their community, they were outraged and took action. Thanks to their... Read more »

Iowa shutters Pratt puppy mill, but what took so long

Iowa shutters Pratt puppy mill, but what took so long

It’s finally the end of the road for one of Iowa’s most notorious puppy mills. Thanks to an agreement with the Iowa Department of Agriculture, Debra Pratt has lost her state permit to operate her puppy mill. After years of USDA violations and an auction where most of her stock was sold to the highest... Read more »

By Raining Cats and Dogs,
September 16, 2013 at 5:27 am

Will USDA tame the Wild West of Internet Pet Sales?

Will USDA tame the Wild West of Internet Pet Sales?

If you’re searching for a puppy or kitten online, you may not realize that the pretty websites selling pets are usually a front for kitten and puppy mills. As Internet commerce has exploded, laws regulating Internet pet sales lagged behind – until this week. Pet breeders involved in Internet pet sales must now face the... Read more »

September 11, 2013 at 6:00 am

Will USDA tame the Wild West of Internet Pet Sales?

Will USDA tame the Wild West of Internet Pet Sales?

If you’re searching for a puppy or kitten online, you may not realize that the pretty websites selling pets are usually a front for kitten and puppy mills. As Internet commerce has exploded, laws regulating Internet pet sales lagged behind – until this week. Pet breeders involved in Internet pet sales must now face the... Read more »

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