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Animals In Print
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From 4 May 2004 Issue

Puppy Mill Purchase

Dear Jill,

We bought a purebred Golden Retriever from a breeder in Missouri.  Sadie Southampton Star is 10 months old and has some medical problems we are not familiar with.  We called the breeder a dozen times.  She called us back a few times and claimed that none of these medical problems were her fault.  Sadie has 'Cherry eye,' which we've scheduled minor surgery for. She also had distemper, which we spent a fortune correcting, and an old hip fracture.  The vet said the hip had healed incorrectly, so we had to have it reset.  What would cause such a young dog's hip to break?  How can a puppy get distemper?  Also, does every puppy come with fleas and tapeworm? (That's what the breeder said).  This is our first puppy and I have never bought from a breeder before.


Dear Kenny,

Unfortunately, it sounds like you bought a puppy-mill dog.  No puppy should 'come with' fleas or tapeworm!  If your new puppy had distemper, this means she was not properly inoculated by her former guardian, which is inexcusable.  Broken hip?  Are you kidding?  In a puppy? Outrageous!  AND cherry eye? 

Next time, please adopt a homeless dog from a shelter.  Please don't support "puppy mills" and such animal cruelties and abuses by buying animals, while so many are homeless.  For more information on puppy mills, please see these web sites:

Get The Facts On Puppy Mills

Prisoners for Profit

Puppy Mills

Stop Puppy Mills

Love and paw pats,
Jillouise Breslauer
Companion Animal Behavior Consultant
What Jill Knows, 2003
Syndicated Journal Press Syndicate
e-mail: [email protected]


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