Potomac Letter: Beware of Puppy Mill Dogs

Potomac Letter: Beware of Puppy Mill Dogs

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

While chocolates and flowers make great gifts for your sweetheart on Feb. 14, a puppy from a pet store, flea market, or purchased online is a terrible decision. When you buy a dog from one of those sources, you unfortunately do not know what you are going to get and are likely supporting a puppy mill. Puppy mills are inhumane, commercial breeding facilities where dogs typically live in deplorable conditions.

The Humane Society of the United States recently released the results of a hidden-camera investigation which traced the sources of puppies sold in pet stores and flea markets. The investigation showed that some pet stores obtained puppies from puppy mills, including some of the worst facilities in the United States. These investigations show why lawmakersneed to act now to regulate this industry and why it’s best to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue. Find your new love while saving a life shelterpetproject.org.

Marisa Landau