Billy the Puppy Mill Chihuahua died over the holidays. He became quite the little
cash cow celebrity by having a popular puppy mill “porn” video on YouTube and he even appeared on the Jane Velez-Mitchell Show. So what does the HSUS do? Turn it into (another) fundraising opportunity by setting up a Billy Tribute page, complete with a handy donation link at the bottom of the page.
The HSUS are masters of turning sad sack animals into lucrative fundraising opportunities. They’re pretty good at inflating statistics, too. Two million puppies produced by the puppy mill industry in the US per year? I don’t think so. Quebec the puppy mill capital of Canada with an estimated 2200 illegal breeding operations that nobody can seem to find? I’ll buy that for a dollar… Even the ASPCA got in on the act with their with their Don’t Buy Puppies For Christmas campaign.
Puppy mills are an abysmal practice that needs to end. All the current legislative wrangling in the US to improve living conditions for the dogs still boils down to a dog living it’s life in a cage. Not cool.
You know how the puppy mill industry can be stopped in its tracks without you donating a red cent to animal charities? DON’T BUY THE DOGS. I have complied a handy-dandy list for potential puppy buyers to ensure that their new BFF is not a product of a puppy mill.
- DON’T Buy a puppy from a pet shop.
- DON’T buy a puppy at a flea market.
- DON’T buy a puppy sight unseen over the internet or through a newspaper ad.
- DON’T buy a puppy from a person that will bring the dog to your house or meet you in a parking lot
- DON’T buy a puppy if the breeder won’t let you see at least one of the parents.
- DON’T buy a puppy if the breeder won’t let you tour the kennels
- DON’T be afraid to report animal abuse if you suspect it is happening at a breeding facility.
- DON’T buy a puppy because you feel sorry for it.
- DO visit your regional breed club website to get a list of breeders.
- DO visit a dog show to find a breeder.
- DO request to see the parent(s) of the puppy that you are considering buying.
- DO a Google search of the kennel name that you are interested in buying a puppy from.
- DO ask a breeder for a list of past customers for reference.
- DO lecture your friend/aunt/cousin/mom/sister/workmate about responsible puppy purchasing if they are considering getting a dog, no matter how annoying they think you are.