Inbreeding and breeding of sick or genetically inferior dogs often leads to severe, chronic health problems for the animals born in puppy mills, including epilepsy, heart and kidney disease, muscle and skeletal disorders, endocrine disorders, blood diseases, and problems with sight, hearing and breathing. The practice is not only tough on puppies, but clearly inhumane for their mothers, who remain at the breeding factories, confined to cages for the rest of their lives and 'bred to exhaustion,'" the ASPCA contends.
The ASPCA has produced a "No Pet Store Puppies" web page to direct potential pet owners to stores that only offer animals for adoption. It includes a database of more than 17,000 gut-wrenching photos taken during USDA inspections, "allowing the public to see first-hand where pet store puppies really come from," according to the organization.
The ASPCA worked closely with the New Jersey bill sponsors to successfully usher through the legislation. "The ASPCA thanks New Jersey lawmakers for taking a positive first step towards ending puppy mill cruelty throughout the state by screening out some of the most egregious offenders," Debora Bresch, senior director of ASPCA government relations for the Mid-Atlantic region, told The Dodo."While there are large-scale breeders in the state, this bill focuses on the sources from which New Jersey pet stores are obtaining puppies for resale," Bresch added. "In many cases, those sources are out-of-state breeders and brokers. While we believe this bill will go a long way in protecting pet store puppies in New Jersey and New Jersey consumers, we also believe that it will put significant pressure on the commercial breeding industry nationwide."