Puppy farming is the mass commercial breeding of dogs. Profit is the primary aim and not the welfare and happiness of the puppy or its parents.
Dogs are kept in appalling conditions with poor food, no clean water, medicine, or waste clearance with as many as 200 breeding bitches and stud dogs kept in large concrete agricultural sheds.
The main issues are:
- Poor conditions – often dirty and dark
- Unvaccinated against disease
- No basic vet care
- Separated too early from their mothers
- Dying from ill-health and diseases (infectious and inbred)
- Weak immune systems and short life spans
These poor puppies are often transported long distances then sold on mass to pet shops, online or newspaper ads. Sadly, this is increasingly the case for kittens too.
We have no idea of the true scale of the problem as although puppy farms should be licenced, many operate illegally. Campaigners often feel that local authorities don’t always take there role in inspecting and licencing seriously enough. In addition, we already have far too many dogs. Every day healthy dogs are put down because an owner cannot be found for them.