Pet store puppies come from the large-scale breeding industry, also known as puppy mills. Ninety-nine percent of all puppies sold in our pet stores are believed to come from large-scale breeding facilities, many in the Midwest.

We, at Maine Citizens Against Puppy Mills, are told stories from new pet store pup owners telling us how ill their new puppy is. Sadly, these heartbreaking stories are common.

In spite of the promises that pet store owners make and the seemingly official paperwork they provide to consumers, almost all puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills.

A puppy mill is an inhumane, commercial dog-breeding facility in which the health of the dogs is disregarded in order to maintain a low overhead and maximize profits. Each female dog is bred every heat cycle for maximum pups per year.

The dogs typically live in small wire-bottomed cages, with little food, water or veterinary care. When they can no longer breed, they are discarded. With such little care, it is not surprising that the puppies these dogs produce are often sick.

Consumers can avoid the heartbreak of bringing a sick puppy into their home by considering adoption from a shelter or rescue, or by purchasing a dog from a Maine responsible breeder who the family has met in person and who has shown the family where their puppies are born and raised.

Lynne Fracassi, founder

Maine Citizens Against Puppy Mills


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