Question: How Do I Report A Suspected Puppy Mill?

To report a suspected puppy mill, contact the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) at 800-803-9202.

You may file an online complaint for 1) unlicensed activity or 2) code violations by clicking here and selecting Dog or Cat Breeders.

How do I report a bad breeder?

Ways to Report a Bad Dog Breeder

  • Police and Law Enforcement. If you believe that the animal cruelty you have just witnessed could be a criminal offense, you can contact your local law enforcement agency.
  • Local Rescue Centers and Shelters.
  • Local and National Medias.
  • Humane Organizations.
  • American Kennel Club.

How do I report a puppy mill in PA?

Report it

  1. Call your local police department or animal control agency. Give them as many details as you can about the suspected animal fighting operation or illegal puppy mill situation.
  2. Get a letter from law enforcement.
  3. Call the HSUS for more information.

How do I report a puppy store?

The US Department of Agriculture oversees some pet stores, so all instances of animal cruelty should be reported to them. To submit a complaint, visit the USDA website at www.aphis.usda.gov or call 310-734-7833.

How do you know if its a puppy mill?

If local, the seller/breeder refuses to show potential customers the place where animals are being bred and kept. The seller/breeder doesn’t ask lots of questions. If you can click and pay for a puppy without screening, it’s probably a puppy mill. The seller/breeder makes no commitment to you or the puppy.

How do you shut down a puppy mill?

The best thing you can do to shut down mills is to adopt dogs from shelters instead of buying them from pet stores.

Inform an animal defense organization.

  • Animal Legal Defense Fund.
  • Humane Society of the United States.
  • The Puppy Mill Project.
  • National Mill Dog Rescue.

Does a breeder have to take a puppy back?

If the breeder is not responsible, but is an irresponsible backyard breeder or puppy mill, they might only take back dogs that can still be bred to make money off the puppies. Breeders should be available to help someone out if they have a problem with their dog.

What do pet stores do with unsold animals?

“The pet stores put the puppy on sale and keep reducing the price until they sell. They may also send them to a different store where they might sell better.” The price dropping will continue until the puppy either gets sold or grows to a point that the store feels it must cut its losses.

What is the point of puppy mills?

Puppy mills are a well-kept secret of the pet-trade industry. They supply animals to pet stores and purebred enthusiasts without any concern for the millions of animals who will die in animal shelters as a result.

What happens in a puppy mill?

A puppy mill is a commercial dog-breeding facility that focuses on increasing profit with little overhead cost. In puppy mills, dogs can spend most of their lives in cramped cages, with no room to play or exercise. Often times, the water and food provided for the puppies is contaminated, crawling with bugs.

Currently, there is no federal law which covers all retail pet stores. The Animal Welfare Act (“AWA”) is a federal law which specifies who may possess and sell certain types of animals and the minimum standards of care for these regulated animals.

What constitutes animal abuse or neglect?

What is criminal animal neglect? Animal neglect situations are those in which the animal’s caretaker or owner fails to provide food, water, shelter or veterinary care sufficient for survival. It can be either deliberate or unintentional, but either way, the animal suffers terribly.

Should I buy a puppy from a pet store?

Pet store puppies can be more expensive than those from shelters and reputable breeders for many reasons. First and foremost, pet stores operate as a business and will sell a puppy for as high of a price as they can. Second, your puppy will likely need more veterinary care than the average puppy.

Which state has the most puppy mills?

Missouri

How do I start a puppy mill?

If you witnessed deplorable conditions in person and wish to file a complaint with the HSUS, please call 1-877-MILL-TIP or report it. You can also file a complaint with the USDA. If you have purchased a puppy and wish to report problems to the HSUS, please complete the Pet Seller Complaint form.

How do you know if a breeder is legit?

Ask if the breeder is a member of an AKC-affiliated club and contact that club to verify membership or check recent listings of available AKC Litters from breeders. You can also check with the BBB (www.bbb.org) and the AKC (919-233-9767) to see if there are any complaints about the breeder.