What is a puppy mill?

If you’ve never heard of a puppy mill and aren’t sure what it is, you aren’t alone. Puppy mills rely on people not knowing that they exist. A basic definition of a puppy mill is:

A puppy mill is an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility that churns out puppies for profit, ignoring the needs of the pups and their mothers. Dogs from puppy mills are often sick and unsocialized.

HSUS Puppy Mills Campaign

The Reality of Puppy Mills

To see what life is like in a puppy mill, watch this brief video.

It’s estimated that there are over 10,000 puppy mills in the United States, and unfortunately, Ohio is the second worst puppy mill state in the country, behind Missouri.

Puppies are often sold as far away from the location of the breeder so that the buyer can’t see the conditions these dogs come from. As The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) tells us, “internet sales, flea markets, face-to-face sales and the majority of pet stores that sell puppies are getting those dogs from puppy mills.”

Once people become aware of puppy mills, they don’t want to support a puppy mill. Our goal is to help create awareness of puppy mills and to provide information and resources to help advocates speak out against puppy mills.