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The Reality of Puppy Mills

by The Humane Society of the United States • 319,483 views

Puppy mills are large breeding facilities where dogs live in deplorable conditions, often without necessary food, water, or veterinary care. This is a look inside.

These places need to get shut down, When I was 5 i adopted a precious dog from a pet shop in a mall. It was my best friend, we played, snuggled, and messed around with each other. Over the years my dog has has some issues like a bad knee and a Blatter Stone but besides that she was such an amazing dog. I love her so so much and on April 11 my precious dog was vomiting blood and we took him in immediately. We found out she had liver cancer and had only a few days or weeks to live. I was so so sad because this dog was my childhood, she waited for me at the top of my stairs till everyone was down and was so well behaved. We took her in for surgery on the 14th of April and found out that there was no way of removing the tumor. It was in and twisted around veins and arteries and we had to put her down. Days pass and some might just say its a dog but to me she was more then that. I love her so so much and then I found out that she was breeded at a puppy mill. That thought discusted me knowing she never got to see her mommy and daddy. To those who think animals are second and are just animals, well you need to rethink your life. I sure hope you people who do this will change your ways. As to those who are trying to end it, keep trying! We need to end this this is aweful. I love you Isabella <3 5/17/04 to 4/14/14
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There are still secret puppy mills everywhere but some where discovered and shut down :D but there are still many more D:
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+Teagan A. yeah right, there are so many still left operating and torturing these poor dogs
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there should be human mills for the people that own puppy mills :) (and the dogs go to houses..lets see how will they enjoy swapping lives.)
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+Cp Girl that'll sure teach them
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Get your dog from a dog shelter! Stop this cruel business and save a dog at the same time.
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Well I'm glad I did she is so sweet :)
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what breed is she? :3
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When I grow up I'm going to be a person who rescues these dogs! 😊🐕🐶🐩
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+Tabitha Maher Same! i also wanna be a vet! ^_^
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I don't understand the logic. If you are selling these puppies for profit then why not take the best care of them as possible?
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because the expenses are very high to supply for food,adequate shelter and workforce to take care of them...all these expenses will reduce the profit that they earn without spending any money on them...
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True , but it works out bad for them ... As a result of the poor condition of the animals, they will get inspected far more frequently and eventually be shut down ... that means they will lose on all counts: loss of profits , loss of business, loss of animals and loss of freedom (they will be jailed for being cruel to animals).
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Absolutely heart wrenching. Many people are not even aware of puppy mills.Please spread the awareness .This must be stopped!!!!
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Oh man this kind of shit messes with my emotions. There's not much more that hurts than seeing pain and distress in the eyes of these animals, while they can't speak or communicate to articulate their needs or pain. Some people just have a cold lump of rock where a beating heart should be..
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It's like a concentration camp for dogs. : (
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I have seen several of these places in my area and I just don't understand why and how they are still operating. I have even been allowed to enter a couple of them which is rare, and yes it is as bad as is shown here in the video. It is hard to believe that a person can be arrested for animal cruelty if they mistreat their pet (as they should be) , but these people can do this and get away with it. It all comes down to lining someones pocket like everything else. It is indeed a very sad world!
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+judy Osborne Hi! Very well said. Thank you for your comment!
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Have you reported this to the authorities?  Over and over again if you have tp\o.
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I want to rescue them all but i cant. Im not old enough i hate these places someone needs to stop the people who are doing this 😩😥😪😠😡
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2:35 made me cry ): poor husky
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how do they make money when the dogs are blind and sick???
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The fathers and mothers are blind and sick. The actual puppies aren't. Puppies = profit. The dogs that are breeding are nothing but money. The puppies are taken care of, but the parents are locked in those cages and treated like shit. 
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they sell them when they are done breeding 100 times literally, and then people feel sorry for them and will try to help them, breeders win either way and this needs to be illegal in every single state....
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many of these dogs are barking, as if saying help me, get me outta here! others sit their quietly, shaking in fear, not knowing what will happen next- i feel for these dogs
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I don't wan't these things any more they are horrible  SHUT DOWN PUPPY MILLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :( also do they have these for cats too if they do i might be very very.........mad
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This is so sad I hate people like this I wish that they could experience what these dogs were experiencing.
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I would take all of them and take care of them thet look soo sad
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I am almost certain from past experience years ago that the puppy mills sell the puppies to dealers at considerably low cost.  They deal in volume.  That puppy is then turned around by the dealer and sold for dramatically higher prices.  I briefly worked at a boarding kennel and saw all the sick puppies come in.  They often had distemper, URI, mange. Etc. There absolutely were times they sold knowingly sick puppies. If the new owners did not take them to the vet immediately after purchase as per their purchase agreement, the kennel was off the hook. If a person purchased a sick puppy and had it a week or so they were angry but often kept the puppy because either they were easily attached, was fearful for the puppy or had kid that did understand. One might add be careful of advertised breeders. Many purchase the mills and present as home bred.  If the want to bring you the pups without you seeing the mother beware.  I got caught in that scam myself when I was distraught over the death of my beloved pet.  He was a wonderful. With seizure disorder, nonflorescent ringworm, yeast in his skin and splintered bones in his shoulder that needed surgery as a result of poor breeding. These are the reasons why you must be cautious in selecting a pet.
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why dont we shut down evry pet store ? then maby less puppy mils
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My local rescue centre rescued a dog from a puppy mill that have duck tape around its paws and they were going to drown it 😥(it was a puppy)
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Anja Visser Shared on Google+ · 9 months ago
Hate puppy mills ,like if you hate puppy mills
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WHY ARE THEY DOING THIS THINK OF DOGS AS HUMANS GOD CREATED DOGS WHY ARE YOU NOT TAKING CARE OF THEM THESE PEOPLE ARE STUPID
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I'm sad.What has happened in to our world.Back then we did kill dogs but, so little.Most would give the dogs all they had.Now there are puppy mills,cows,cats,and dog that are being abused.They are gods creations,and and are living things like us why should we treat them badly.What did they ever do to you?Plus over 100 sharks are killed for their fins,dogs killed for fur,rhinos killed for big horns/tusks.I got bit by a dog today and the the owner said"I'm so sorry I do not want to get my dog put down omg I'm so sorry"See animals can be put down.(actually I think everyone knows that) Dog catchers,pound owners,puppy mills?!?!WHY.The lord loves us all including animals.He can stop some pain but, not the fools.STOP THE ANIMAL ABUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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FudgeLP Shared on Google+ · 2 months ago
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living half or most of your life in a small confined area that is wired cage, with no love, no care, infections, bacteria and fesces all over, and in horrible conditions...SHAME ON THESE PEOPLE!
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I wish I could free all puppies from these hellish places and let them live happily pray to god to free all the puppies 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
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I terrible hate the people who have puppy mils-hope tge USA Law Justice Will Produce New Law for puppy mils owner-just kill them!!! Or maje order to shaolin monac to kill such people who make dogs suffering! because in accordance with Budhism you cannot damage animals-otherwise -you must DIE!!!
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help from the goverment? your goverment is bussy invading and in war with our Countries instead 0f taking Care of the animals, the enviorment, the nature, and health of Amerika
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Did these poor thing get rescued???? Please I would like to know
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Why Do They Do This! :(
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Michele Cabral Shared on Google+ · 7 months ago
This is horrific, but unfortunately the truth for many innocent dogs...😢
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So... Am I allowed to adopt these dogs and take them AWAY from this condition?
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Yes and no. Yes these puppies deserve good homes, but no because it contributes to the supply and demand that keeps these mills going. I suppose the best option would be to catch these mills and then when the poor puppies go to the SPCA or the local equivalent, adopt them from there.
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whats the use of puppy of mills u dumbass. u cant adopt them their 4 sale
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Humans absolutely disgust me.These dogs came to love and create a bond with us, not to be mistreated like this. When will this end? WE as a people need to make this change. All of these animals are waiting for us to take actions. Please sign this petition to end puppy mills in the United States!! https://www.change.org/p/barack-obama-the-president-of-the-united-states-shut-down-puppy-mills-once-and-for-all
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10,000 puppy mills? thats 10,000 people and anyone related to them that need to be locked up for 10 years at least...
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ATTENTION: TO ALL ANIMALS LOVERS.. WE MUST FIGHT TO STOP THIS ABUSE TOWARDS THESE BELOVED CREATURES THAT SHARE THE EARTH WITH US. WE MUST STAND UP TO THIS ANIMAL ABUSE, AND STAND UP TO WHAT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. THESE CREATURES LIKE US FEEL PAIN AND DEPRESSION JUST AS WE DO. THEY ARE BORN AND THEY DIE LIKE US, WE MUST HELP THEM!!
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The other day i was at the pet shop in the mall and i loked theough the window and one of the puppies was not moving. Another lady also saw it and went and told the lady at the front desk. The wonan at the front desk then responded "eh he's fine" i was so mad because it looked like the dog was not even brething. It was so scary
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I am picking a dog up from a breeder tomorrow. I am so glad I watched this video. I'm glad er found a dog that isn't from a shop/mill.
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please stop this, a dog loves a human i think it's time to do the same for them,  im breaking apart because puppies and dogs deserves better  stupid heartless monsters out there
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This video just reinforces my hatred of the animal factories and the sick perverted individuals who make their fortunes by torturing and abusing these poor innocent souls. More needs to be done to close these places down, once and for all, and the people in this industry need to be punished in such a way that they don't just open up shop each time they are closed down. Fines are not a deterrent because they profit way more than they are fined so that doesn't faze them. Real prison time, not 30 days in the city jail, is the beginning of an answer but there has to be more. What, I don't know.
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+Gay Johnson you're a blessed person !  I strongly believe that people who harm animals on purpose must be isolated from animals and children for life. Hardlabor camps would be a perfect solution where these monsters will be force to do some actual hard work - and all profit shall go to the animals benefits and protective services.  Would you start a campaign looking for the attorney who is  experienced in International laws? What do you think? (This ugly human-made reality needs international control over ugly "deeds", on every level. )
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Ontario Sucks! & Canada is doing far less well then were led to believe. Even with more awareness & more rescues!  I drove into Preth Ontario, not becuase i have never seen a puppy mill. Because I have rescued dogs from them. Why does Canada let folks as an example like the Amish who stand only behind Gog run more then 17 puppy mills in that area alone! WHEN IS IT EVER GOING TO STOP. WE NEED A BAN ON PUPPY MILLS 7 BARK YARD BREEDERS AS WELL A BAN FROM SELLING DOGS ON INTERNET WORLDWIDE.
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really don t like dogs
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That's disgusting.It's no life! Stop buying! My friend's dog is a puppy mill survivor. The truth about pet shop puppies - Phoebe, a puppy mill survivor tells her story (zeil.gr) -ADOPTED
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Then how can we stop this?!!! Can't government help & support to shut down all puppy mills & make an effort to open more adoption centers??!! 😢
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Those poor dogs 😭😭😭😢😢
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Local authorities mostly do try to shut down these places, but they don't know about all of them. Puppies get passed between middle men before they even reach the pet store, so following the trail can be difficult. Governments can pass laws banning dogs from being sold in pet stores, but that would only be cutting off one of the puppy industry's markets. Because it is and industry, and a lucrative one. The only way to shut it down is to educate dog owners and prospective dog owners so that they know where to get dogs, where not to get dogs, and to recognise the warning signs. If people didn't buy the product, the industry wouldn't exist, plain and simple.
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Smh.What is wrong with society i lost hope in humanity.Why isn't this illegal yet!?
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HUMANS DESERVE TO BURN...
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Those cruel people who work at puppy mills need to have multiple sledgehammers thrown at them. They should at least get some REAL jobs so they can find money to clean out the cages and give the dogs food and water. Puppy mill workers probably have to eat dusty metal and drink their own soap everyday, sine they can't find their own money.
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I'm doing a puppy mill presentation for school i really like telling my classmates about this awful thing thats happening to dogs.
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Hi Vera! Thank you for passing the message along! Good luck with your presentation!
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I am using this for a public speaking presentation. This is horrible, makes me cringe. I went and cuddled with my puppy after watching this, (Hes rescued btw!!!)
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My dog was rescued I am thankful for this program I have been going to shelters to look and I found my dog named Pancakes :,) I love her
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Alexandra Armeni Shared on Google+ · 9 months ago
Αυτή είναι η πραγματικότητα όσο και αν πονάει...ΣΤΑΜΑΤΗΣΤΕ ΝΑ ΑΓΟΡΑΖΕΤΕ ΖΩΑ!!!!!!ΠΑΡΤΕ ΑΠΟ ΚΑΤΑΦΥΓΙΑ!!!!
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I respect everything that they are doing, but if we don't purchase those puppies from the pet stores they are never gonna get a home like every other dog
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So ignorant. All of those breeder dogs are kept in filthy conditions, in cages - those dogs NEVER get bought. Not to mention that all of those cute little puppies usually contract some disease or illness. If you stop buying from them, you won't have to worry about FUTURE generations of abused puppy mill dogs!
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help from the goverment? your goverment is bussy invading and in war with our Countries instead 0f taking Care of the animals, the enviorment, the nature, and health of Amerika
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Many people buy dogs knowing there from puppy mills to save them although they are NOT they are just helping puppy mills profit!
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I just want to take them ALL home and make them happy !
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I agree that this is a despicable practice, and many people prefer not to think about the eggs that had to be cracked to get them their perfect purebred omelet, but not buying dogs from pet stores doesn't see like a solution. If you "vote with your wallet" and convince people to stop buying a certain candy bar, eventually, that product line will fail and the remaining stock will end up at the dollar store until it ceases to exist. No harm done, just expired chocolate. If you decide not to adopt dogs from pet stores because puppy mills supply some of their dogs, what happens to the that "product line" how is discouraging people to adopt dogs supposed to help this situation. Anyone know what happens to pets at a pet store that do not sell? Do the dogs get sent away to a rescue or are the pet stores required to take of them  indefinitely or find a home for them? I really don't know just seems like the answer is important. Seems like a pet store is at least a better environment than a puppy mill.
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+Noah Zork The only way to dismantle puppy mill operations is to boycott the stores that sell them.Consumers would never buy the dogs directly from these kind of breeders, considering the horrid conditions, so pet stores are used as a front.  Yes - the puppy mills themselves are the larger issue, not the pet stores. However, pet stores who purchase dogs from despicable breeders are JUST as responsible. The number of these operations would dwindle significantly if pet shops refused to buy from them. But since they don't care, its up to the consumer to demand rigorous standards.
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+Noah Zork So I really don't get what you're trying to say. Which is what, that we should support pet stores because if we don't the dogs that are already bred will be killed, etc? Maybe that's true for some of the dogs that are unable to be rescued. But to allow this to keep occurring so that future generations of dogs can be treated like this is inexcusable. And you realize that yes the PUPPIES are sold to people, but the breeder dogs are often kept in cage for their ENTIRE lives, untreated for diseases and infections. 
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die armen hunde süs süs
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This is horrible why do people do this? Those dogs don't deserve it! Me and my BFF have been planing on joining the SPCA when we grow up we're only 13 right now but we will never give up on trying to help all those poor animals that are being abused by humans!
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But when you think about it, plenty of dogs are rescued from puppy mills and then are sent to shelters, so isnt it kind of arrogant to say you are supporting puppy mills unless you buy from a shelter? Or a good breeder (my yorkie is a purebred with a pedigree and she came from a great and reliable small business breeder)
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Hello, I would like to set this video on my website in ores to informe as many people as possible hère in Belgium. Do you allow me to do that? Many thanks for your answer.
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Why did I even watch this. Ruined my whole day.
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This is freaking sad... Where I live, the pet stores don't sell puppies. We have a Maltese that was a puppy mill bitch that we rescued, when we got her she was shaved down and skin and bones...
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I read comments asking what happens if no one buys these puppies in pet stores or rescue them from mills, the answer is simple; rescue groups and shelters take them in. You are not saving their lives by buying them!!!   
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This is so sad and it's so heart breaking seeing all the dogs living environment and the condition they are in. After watching this video, i'll support adoption.
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I'm literally crying right now ;(
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so your saying that we should leave the dogs at the pet store to be put to sleep and die? cuz thats what they do to dogs that dont get bought? 
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Buying those dogs doesn't really help.. because again, when you buy from a pet store, you're funding puppy mills. it allows the industry to continue, and abuse more dogs
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You can't save the ones that are alive now, but you can boycott the puppy mill industry and prevent them from breeding more sick and neglected animals in the future.
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OMG this is horrible i want to cry. People in my class always talk about killing dogs, when they don't realize how horrible dogs have it
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I think you are rite it is a bad thing for puppies
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I'm crying now it's so sad poor puppies I had a puppy and I had to give it away and I never saw my best friend ahem coz my puppy was my best friend
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All people disappear in the earth.  It will be the best news,
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ADOPT!!! PLEASE ADOPT RESCUE ANIMALS<YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM IF YOU DON"T!!! 
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And I'm crying.  The punishments for committing such incomprehensibly cruel acts are not nearly severe enough.  Forget a fine.  Forget a 2-year ban on pet ownership.  Ban them from ever owning another pet and make them pay all of the vet bills for the animals they've tortured. I'd rather see the humans who put these animals through this live out the rest of their lives in the same conditions.  Get the animals to loving, caring homes and put the "owners" in tiny wire cages with little to no food or water.
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I wish all the people sound be aristo I love this puppy and also it almost made me crycrycrycrycrycryc
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I gave my dog a Bg hug after watching his 😧😰
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Show the faces of the subhumans responsible for these outrages. Out them and help stop this insanity.
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Yes, I bought a puppy mill dog...BUT I bought her from the rescue group/adoption...after the raid and seizure.  I look at these photos and imagine my girl living like that and I just cry.  She was a petrified mess when I got her.  Age 8 now and came out of her shell and the best dog ever!
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This almost made me throw up its so horrible. If I in charge of the video camera I wouldn't be standing there video taping their pain I would sneak those dogs out. I don't Care how much trouble I'd get in.
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Why doesn't the government ban pet stores who sell cats and dogs? It's not legal in "my" country to sell cats or dogs in stores and why should it be? No god damn reason. Ban it to prevent this and to encourage people to adopt and/or buy from a good breeder.
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Dont Ban the Dog store and the Cat store if a dog has no home were are they gonna be? At the store so someone can take care of them, i have a dog named "JoJo" He was abused by his orignal owner, (i think) He had to have surgyuery ( My spelling = a dead fetus) becasue he had some thing in his backleg
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Spreading the message #RescuesRock  Adopt Don't Shop in videos and new TV eps. Jingle Bells Rescues Rock video http://youtu.be/Y-qt1lx1Ym8 
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Watching these videos is good because it makes us angry but too many times, it's forgotten within an hour and our lives go on like normal. These victims need as many voices and actions as possible to make a difference. If EVERYONE who is saying, "oh that's sad" or "puppy mills are awful" would JOIN the EFFORT to help STOP these mills, we'd make a difference TODAY. Yesterday is gone for them but today may help!!!  LET'S ALL WORK AT IT  
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Teared up..I'm a animal lover, especially dogs, cats, and horses. But love all animals, I don't care how they look like.
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This is so so sad ;(
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I feel soooo bad for them I want to save them all and get all of them, but, I know if I do that they will keep doing this. It should stop now! Not later! We should have rebelled about this years ago! We should make a fundraiser to stop this sad place and save all dogs!!!!!!!
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This is why saying dogs are man's best friend is bullcrap.Who does this to your best friend?
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OOOOH HERE COMES DA TEARS! Sadly they dont have puppy mills here in indonesiaaa 😭😭😭😭
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I don't mean to criticise but it seems that a lot of you people live in terribly modernised societies where you've got used to picking everything from the shelf. None of you suggested getting a dog that has been bred in normal conditions. Like don't you people ever get dogs from the neighbours who let their dog mate with another one of the same breed? Not everything dog has to come from a shop or a shelter, you know?
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i feel REALLY BAD because my dog was from a pet store but my other one was a rescue
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