To end the cruel treatment of dogs in mass breeding operations.
Internet sales, flea markets, face-to-face sales and the majority of pet stores that sell puppies are getting those dogs from puppy mills. A puppy mill is an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility that churns out puppies for profit, ignoring the needs of the pups and their mothers. Dogs from puppy mills are often sick and unsocialized.
Kansas is consistently ranked as the fourth worst state for puppy mill production.
For the seventh year in a row, Kansas has been ranked by the Humane Society of the United States as a top offender in their annual Horrible Hundred report. State-wide, there are over 330 licensed breeders and countless unlicensed breeders, the majority operating as puppy mills. Kansas is also ranked third in the HSUS Puppy Buyer Complaints report for the state with the highest dealer complaints. We know that at least 7 pet stores sell from a puppy mill operation.
A "puppy mill" is an inhumane commercial breeding operation that maximize profits by disregarding an animals' physical and emotional well being. Those that survive unsafe and hazardous housing conditions are often sold to pet stores or unsuspecting consumers over the Internet. In the end, the animal and consumer suffer, ethical breeders, shelters and rescues, and the Kansas taxpayers who bear the cost of sick and under socialized dogs. Many of the breeders cited for egregious violations are repeat offenders to the USDA and continue to operate. An estimated 167,388 breeding dogs are currently living in USDA-licensed commercial facilities. Over 2 million puppies are sold annually originating from puppy mills while over 3 million dogs and cats are euthanized in an animal shelter every year.
A puppy mill animal is sold to two primary outlets: a pet store and the consumer, often over the Internet. It's estimated that 90% of puppies found in pet stores are purchased from a puppy mill. At least 80% of sponsored advertising links in an internet search for pets are fraudulent. Unethical breeders use free websites such as Craig's List and Facebook to advertise an animal that does not exist or is unknowingly ill.
Our organization is seeking to end the abuse in our state by proposing and updating legislation that govern breeding operations in Kansas - notably the Kansas Pet Animal Act - and strengthen enforcement. We need the support of the public to help us stress the importance of better legislation, aggressive law enforcement and increased consumer education.
Life in a puppy mill
Mother dogs spend their entire lives in cramped cages with little to no personal attention. When the mother and father dogs can no longer breed, they are abandoned or killed. Due to poor sanitation and a lack of preventive veterinary care, the puppies from puppy mills frequently suffer from a variety of health issues, creating heartbreaking challenges for families who should be enjoying the delights of adopting a new family member.