It's very sad, but most puppies in pet stores, or business that sell large numbers of puppies that they have shipped in from out of state come from puppy mills. Puppy mills are a very sad and terrible thing. For some reason, puppy mills are very common in the midwestern US and in Pennsylvania, especially Lancaster county.
Puppies in puppy mills come from mothers who are continually bred, regardless of their health or the health of the puppies they produce. These poor mothers receive little or no medical care and usually live their entire lives in cages or kennels, and produce puppies until their bodies give out. The puppies are shipped to puppy brokers and pet stores all over the country. Please visit prisonersofgreed.org and get the facts about the puppy mill industry and find out what you can do to help put a stop to it.
If you want to get a dog or puppy (and who wouldn't?), please go to a rescue or shelter. You'll have plenty of dogs to choose from! According to the Humane Society of the United States:
- Number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year: 6-8 million (HSUS estimate)
- Number of cats and dogs euthanized by shelters each year: 3-4 million (HSUS estimate)
- Number of cats and dogs adopted from shelters each year: 3-4 million (HSUS estimate)
- Number of cats and dogs reclaimed by owners from shelters each year: Between 600,000 and 750,000 -- 30% of dogs and 2-5% of cats entering shelters (HSUS estimate)
- Number of animal shelters in the United States: Between 4,000 and 6,000 (HSUS estimate)
- Percentage of dogs in shelters who are purebred: 25% (HSUS estimate)
- Average number of litters a fertile dog can produce in one year: 2
- Average number of puppies in a canine litter: 6-10
- In six years, one female dog and her offspring can theoretically produce 67,000 dogs
If humans took this very good advice, there wouldn't be so many doggies euthanized every day in shelters. There are rescues, but there are always more dogs in shelters than rescues have room to foster, so they can't save everyone. Please remember this the next time you decide to bring a doggies (preferably a Husky!) into your family.