They Come From Horrible Conditions
Like most businesses looking to make a profit, puppy mills treat their charges like products. That means they look to cut expenses when it comes to selling them. Adult dogs are kept in overcrowded cages, usually lined in rows with no thought to how this affects their health or psychological state. As mentioned above, the cages are typically wired to allow feces and urine to fall through (except for the parts that get stuck on the wiring). The mothers are bred constantly until they're deemed too frail to have children, at which time they're killed.
The Ride To The Store Is Stressful And Terrifying
Puppy mills employ brokers and traders to transport the pups to pet stores. They're often stuffed in crates and piled up in the back of 18-wheelers to be driven across country. It's hard to believe that the truck driver is making pit stops to let the pups out and make sure their crates are clean during the trip.
They Don't Get To Experience Joy
Puppies and adults bred in mills aren't given toys to play with and most of them never know the joy of chasing their own tail. They're not given room to run freely, nor are they cleaned. Life in a puppy mill is traumatic, painful and a terrifying existence for puppies and especially their parents, who will never know what it's like to live in a loving home.
If you're considering bringing a pet into your home, remember that purchasing from a pet store only helps to further the profits and continued business of mills. Instead, rescue a wonderful animal like these little guys from a shelter and you'll have a special friend for life who'll be eternally grateful to you for providing a good home.
Check out Adopt-a-Pet.com to find available shelter dogs in your area.