Don't buy a dog from a pet store, online, at a flea market or from the newspaper!
Why? Because in so doing you are unknowingly supporting the scum who run puppy mills all over this country. Pet stores get their puppies from puppy mills, whether they know it or not. Many dogs sold online, in the newspaper and at flea markets are part of this horrible, money driven industry.
It's estimated that there are perhaps 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S. so by buying one of these dogs you are supporting the owners and perpetuating this disgusting industry and sentencing more dogs to the horrible conditions they will be forced to live in. You're also supporting the addition of thousands and thousands, perhaps millions of puppies to an already overpopulated segment of our society. We already have millions of homeless dogs in the U.S. So many that we euthanize 3 to 4 million a year.
I'm sure if you knew the realities of these nightmarish places, you wouldn't want to support it. Some have 100's of breeding dogs who live their whole lives in filthy wire crates, never getting any medical attention, human contact or exercise and in many you'll find dead or diseased animals, algae covered water bowls, maggot infested food, feces and urine. Many are outside and the caged dogs are exposed to the elements; rain, snow, extreme heat and freezing temperatures. The money hungry creeps who run these hell holes care only about producing more and more puppies to line their wallets with cash. They don't care a thing about the welfare of the dogs that they curse to a life of misery. When a dog is too old or too sick to produce puppies they are discarded like yesterdays trash.
See for yourself:
If you want a dog, find a reputable breeder or better yet, give a home and a life to one of the millions of wonderful homeless dogs and puppies at a shelter or rescue group.
Please, Don't Support Puppy Mills! If you want to help, contact your local SPCA or Humane Society. Help stop this horrific abuse of man's best friend!