While chocolates and flowers make great gifts for your sweetheart, a puppy from a pet store, a flea market or online is a terrible idea. When you buy a dog from one of those sources, you unfortunately do not know what you are going to get and you are likely supporting a puppy mill. Puppy mills are inhumane, commercial-breeding facilities where dogs typically live in deplorable conditions.
The Humane Society of the United States recently released the results of a hidden-camera investigation that traced the sources of puppies sold in pet stores and flea markets. The investigation showed that many pet stores obtained puppies from puppy mills, including some of the worst facilities in the United States. These investigations show why lawmakers need to act now to regulate this industry and why it’s best to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue. Find your love at shelterpetproject.org.