I have always said how much I dislike puppy mills and I would never buy or advocate buying a dog from a pet shop. It's just terrible what some people will do for money. Some people may feel that purchasing a dog from a pet shop that has been bred at one of those horrible places is helping the innocent puppy they are about to buy, but I strongly disagree. It's just wrong. Of course, someone is going to buy that cute puppy in the window... however, that money is only going back to those greedy, inhumane asses running the puppy mills. Spend the money and get your dog from a REAL breeder or get it from the Humane Society. Don't let these people win. Here is a quote from a story I read on USAtoday.com:
The 56 PBK dogs purchased that day (plus some Pomeranians the auctioneer offered for $2 each because they hadn't sold and would be killed) were driven Saturday and Sunday to Denver. The Denver Dumb Friends League's examinations found that many had bad teeth and gums (at least one needed all teeth pulled) and most had foot lacerations and extremely long toenails from walking on wire cages. Nearly all, says Sarff, had poor muscle tone from lack of exercise, and some had infected ears and eye issues. Almost all were fairly well socialized.
One of two shelties that landed with
ColoradoSheltie Rescue was in rougher shape. Penny had two large mammary tumors, one fist size, requiring complicated surgery, and her uterus was adhered to her intestines, which likely would have killed her in her next pregnancy. She also had a badly infected mouth; 25 teeth were removed. Penny, 8 ½, got medical treatment and loving care for days, but she just couldn't fight hard enough to recover. She was euthanized Monday.