I didn't get to watch the whole episode, so she may have covered this but just in case she didn't... I know of a large puppy mill that I got involved with... I wanted to become a legitimate kennel.... I got out of the dogs totally because I just couldn't bring myself to do.... to treat dogs that way. I'm quite embarrased to admit that I nearly became a puppy mill myself.
The big thing now is not newpaper sales, and not all pet shop sales. She sold her puppies by the camper and horse trailer full by taking them to big FLEA MARKETS. Yup... that's the ticket now. If you can't move your "stock" at the dog auctions, then you could sure move what's left by taking them to the flea markets and city wide yard sales. There's a great big flea market in Canton, Texas.... she moves thousands of dollars worth of puppies and dogs down there.
I just couldn't handle it... emotionally, financially, physically... I couldn't just throw dogs in a pen and harvest puppies from them. I wanted them to have good food, not "good enough" food. I wanted them to have clean pens, big pens.. not small cramped up wire cages. My dog's pens were no smaller than 16x32 feet. I wanted them to run and play outside the pens too, I wanted to form relationships with them. They were my pets. Not just my dogs. That didn't work. The puppies ended up with names... not big fancy names, real names that I actually called them. It got too personal for me... I can't be that cold to my pets. I got out. I am staying out. I don't ever want to be responsible for another puppy being born for the rest of my life.
I have one pup left from an orphaned litter of 9 that I had to bottle feed from the time they were a week old. He will be neutered soon. I gave the rest away...papers and all. I have one spayed female German Shepherd that lives in the house with me... and that's all I want. If the day ever comes that we feel we need another dog, I will not buy one from a puppy mill, I will get one from a rescue, or one that I see somewhere that needs me. No need to make more puppies when there's already too many of them out there alone with no one to love them.
That puppy mill is still running full force. Last I knew, she had over 50 breeding dogs. Inspected and passed...whatever that means. Funny thing about those inspections, they schedule them...so you have time to prepare for them. If they were spontanious, surprise inspections... I can't help but wonder how many big kennels (mills) would pass then.
I am not against all people who breed their dogs. I'm against puppy mills.. where dogs are all micro chipped so they can tell them apart by their numbers,... because they don't have names. AKC can't tell me that they don't know a person is a puppy mill. When they suddenly see 200 puppies a month registered to the same person... that should throw up a red flag.
and like I have always said... if you're not part of the SOLUTION.... you're part of the problem.
I don't liken it to livestock the way Oprah did... that would actually be an improvement to the way they are treated.