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AKC’s most popular dog breeds found in puppy mills

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 at 6:53 am in dogs, Puppy, Puppy Mills, The HSUS.

First day out of the puppy mill, so scared but trusting. Photo by Flickr user lindyireland used under a Creative Commons License
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The Humane Society of the United States is on an all-out campaign to put an end to the diabolical puppy mills that are major contributors to the HUGE pet overpopulation problems in this country. Below is their latest broadside as The HSUS attempts to get the American Kennel Club to become more involved in the battle. Come on, AKC! Join the “fun!” /Gary

Labrador retriever. Photo by Flickr user Kevin Rodriguez Ortiz used under a Creative Commons License.
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From The HSUS:
The American Kennel Club recently released the 10 most popular dog breeds for 2009, and The Humane Society of the United States has found these very breeds in inhumane puppy mills across the country. The HSUS warns that puppy mills profit on trendy breeds, and challenges the AKC to do more to fight puppy mills.

The HSUS and Main Line Animal Rescue have rescued thousands of dogs from U.S. puppy mills, including each of the AKC’s top breeds. Some puppy mills specialize in AKC registered dogs. The AKC’s top 10 breeds for 2009 starting with the most popular are: Labrador retriever; German shepherd;Yorkshire terrier; golden retriever; beagle; boxer; bulldog; dachshund; poodle; Shih Tzu.

“The HSUS receives complaints every day from consumers who thought they purchased their dog from a reputable source, but instead, the dog came from a puppy mill,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS.  “We invite compassionate breeders, especially those who focus on these highlighted breeds, to work with us to ensure every puppy born comes from a healthy, well cared for pet, not an abused puppy mill breeding dog.”

“The fact that puppy mills often have various breeds on hand in order to keep up with the demand for popular breeds, demonstrates more than ever that the AKC should support legislation to crack down on puppy mills, rather than merely tout these animals’ popularity — a vicious cycle that just increases the demand, as well as their registration numbers,” said Bill Smith, executive director of MLAR.

Puppy buyers who are smitten by an adorable animal are often duped into believing that paperwork is an indication of quality. However, registration papers are often meaningless. Consumers must take the time to find a humane breeder and always visit the breeder’s facility in person. Never purchase a dog from a pet store or online. Shelters and rescue groups are a great place to start when looking for a certain breed. One out of every four dogs in shelters nationwide is purebred.

Puppy Mill Facts
*** Dogs at puppy mills typically receive little to no medical care; live in squalid conditions with no exercise, socialization or human interaction; and are confined inside cramped wire-floored cages for life. There is little regard for the dogs’ health or any existing genetic conditions that may be passed on to the puppies.

*** Breeding dogs at puppy mills must endure constant breeding cycles and are typically confined for years on end, without ever becoming part of a family.

*** Reputable breeders never sell puppies over the Internet or through a pet store and will insist on meeting the family who will be purchasing the dog.

*** Puppy mills contribute to the pet overpopulation problem, which results in millions of unwanted dogs euthanized at shelters every year.

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